Esau blew the lead. He was the firstborn and therefore, by the rule primogeniture, he was entitled to the birthright and the blessing. But he let his emotions and affections get the best of him. He was led by his flesh and not by his faith. Instead of depending on the Lord, he leaned to his own understanding. Esau profanely cast away his spiritual privilege for the gratification of his palate. Genesis 25:34 graphically portrays his reckless, self-indulgent levity for one, measly morsel. The smallness of the inducement aggravates the guilt of casting away eternity for a trifle. The writer of Hebrews gives us this commentary on Esau:
“Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal. You know that afterward, when he wanted his father’s blessing, he was rejected. It was too late for repentance, even though he begged with bitter tears” (Hebrews 12:16, 17).
The Dallas Cowboys blew the lead. The Dallas Cowboys led the Green Bay Packers 26-3 at halftime, and if you turned it off at that point, it’s understandable … except that it’s the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas, which seems to invent new ways to torture its fans, blew it. The Cowboys inexplicably lost 37-36. And not to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers – to backup quarterback Matt Flynn, who looked absolutely incompetent before halftime.
The Cowboys’ defense, which is in contention to statistically become the worst defense in NFL history, let Flynn go nuts in the second half. Flynn had four second-half touchdowns. Furthermore, Dallas’ offensive play-calling was baffling. Instead of running to drain the clock, the Cowboys just kept passing the ball. Tony Romo eventually threw an interception in the fourth quarter. The Packers turned that into a 1-yard touchdown run by Eddie Lacy with 1:31 left to take a 37-36 lead.
Romo blew the lead. To sharpen the knives of his critics, Romo threw another interception to Tramon Williams with 1:24 left to seal the loss. It was an amazing diving interception, as receiver Cole Beasley stopped on his route. Romo will certainly get ripped to shreds for the two fourth-quarter mistakes.
Romo and Esau give us the natural and spiritual cautionary tales of what not to do. Don’t allow your feelings and frustrations to get in the way of what God has in store for you. Don’t allow people to push you or pull you off course. Don’t allow circumstances or situations to sidetrack you from your destiny.
Don’t blow the lead: keep the lead. In order to keep the lead, we must have patience and trust in the plan, the purpose and the promises of God. Patience is a virtue. God tries our faith and that is how we get patience. Don’t blow it on things and don’t blow it with people. Have patience. “Patience with family is love, Patience with others is respect. Patience with self is confidence and Patience with GOD is faith.”
Don’t blow the lead. Keep the lead by doing the things that got you the lead. Don’t blow your top. Keep your head and make wise, not hasty or rash decisions. Don’t blow your cover and don’t lose your cool. Keep your cover by abiding under the shadow of the Most High.
So don’t blow the lead. God has given us exceeding, great and precious promises. These promises are ours if we don’t trade them for cheap thrills or exchange them for stubborn wills. God has given us love as a weapon. So use it. Instead of anger and hate use peace and love. Instead of retaliation and retribution, use restoration and reconciliation. Love your way through and hold on to the promises of God.