13 “Make level paths for your feet to walk on.” (Proverbs 4:26) Then those who have trouble walking won’t be disabled. Instead, they will be healed. 14 Try your best to live in peace with everyone. Try to be holy. Without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15 Be sure that no one misses God’s grace. See to it that a bitter plant doesn’t grow up. If it does, it will cause trouble. And it will pollute many people. 16 See to it that no one commits sexual sins. See to it that no one is godless like Esau. He sold the rights to what he would receive as the oldest son. He sold them for a single meal. 17 As you know, after that he wanted to receive his father’s blessing. But he was turned away. With tears he tried to get the blessing. But he couldn’t get his father to change his mind.
What we have been reading about just prior to this passage is the discipline of God. We are being warned here about the need for God’s discipline to keep us on the path of righteousness.
I don’t naturally welcome discipline. Sometimes I can even forget that I need it. In my pride I can feel like I have it so together that I could never stray away.
When we read the story of Esau in the book of Genesis, it’s easy to feel superior like we would never be so silly as to sell ourselves short for a quick meal. Yet in reality we all have our areas of weakness and could easily give in to temptation if we are not vigilant to stay in the place where we can be disciplined and corrected.
May God help me to stay open to His discipline and also stay connected into a community of people that will help keep me accountable.
Written by Shelley Witt