I have enough;keep that thou hast unto thyself
Genesis 33: 9
And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself.
We live in a world filled with dissatisfied and greedy human beings. Let us not be one of them. It is indeed surprising that the first person to say., “I have enough,” was not one who was acclaimed a saint, It was Esau!
Jacob deceived his father and also his brother Esau and got the birthright. Esau was very angry at that time and determined to kill Jacob. However, it looks as if Esau somehow learnt that ‘godliness with contentment is great gain,’ and became a transformed person. He affectionately addresses Jacob as ‘my brother’.
In this age of materialism, greed and discontentment can lead one to even killing one’s own relatives.
When you are content with what you have, your relationship with God and others will be right, and you will have no desire to amass wealth or materials even if they are offered to you free. How then can you covet another man’s possessions!
Those who are not content cannot be faithful to God. They will always strive to gain the earthly riches through any means.
Many are called, few are chosen and fewest are faithful.
It is amazing to note that the face of the man who uttered the words, “I have enough,” was seen as the face of God, and by one who was expecting to see a murderer’s face at that!” Jacob said…. I have seen thy face as though I had seen the face of God” (Gen 33;10).
It is probable that Jacob realized that this transformation was due to Esau’s contentment. And he too, whose name means ‘supplanter’ or grabber’ seems to have changed, for we find him also saying. “I have enough” (vs 11).
The lesson is crystal clear-contentment changes you, and changes others through you.
If the man who said “I have enough” had a face like the face of the Lord. one can imagine how terrible the face of the man who says “I have not enough” will be!
“When you look with their lands and gold,
Thank that Christ has promised you
His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings,
money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven
nor your home on high.”
Stay Blessed 🙂