I think we can all acknowledge that we live in a culture that values stuff, new stuff, more stuff, any stuff. It can be hard to acknowledge when we have enough when there is a new version of an iPhone every couple months – when your tv, radio, ads on Facebook, everywhere you go is blaring something at you. That’s why the story of Esau and Jacob’s reunion stuck out to me.
Jacob had ran away and was returning to Esau, but because of their history he wasn’t sure how Esau would respond. (Check out Genesis for the whole story.) So, Jacob brings lots of presents to try to smooth his way back into his brother’s good graces. It wasn’t necessary.
Upon being presented with all the gifts, Esau responded, “I have enough, my brother, keep what you have for yourself.” (Genesis 33:9)
Esau could look at what he had and recognize that it was enough – despite the amazing riches that Jacob presented. ..
Jacob argued, “Please accept my blessing that is brought to you because God has dealt graciously with me and because I have enough.” (Genesis 33:11)
Both brothers realized they had enough. They both realized why they had enough. They acknowledged that it wasn’t because of themselves, but because their Father had dealt graciously with them – and thus they should be gracious with each other..
The bottom line for them in this whole interaction is that they valued each other more than the stuff. It was about investing in each other, not accumulating or hoarding more.
So, when do we say, “I have enough” and really focus on blessing others through God’s graciousness to us?