There is an adage that says, some things get better with time. In the food world, cheese increases in taste during the aging process. The breakdown of enzymes and microbes with a complex mix of amino and fatty acids transforms the cheese’s texture and intensifies the flavor. However, this process will not work without the correct timing, temperature, and technique if not managed. 

Have you ever had food unchecked spoil in your refrigerator or cabinet passing the expiration date? Dairy products and raw meats, especially when not monitored or set at the right temperature, will rot. You will know it’s rancid by the awful smell or patches of mold and fuzzy bacteria growing on the surface. No one with good judgment will find these foods appetizing and consequently throw them out.

But did you realize that our human spirit can operate the same way? Life presents various challenges, but if checked and monitored in the Mighty Hands of God, He can use it for His glory. However, if we don’t cast our care upon Him, we hold these situations in our hearts where it ferments and becomes putrid – reeking of poison. Without the correct temperature, the Holy Spirit, to gauge these circumstances, your sweet savor or spirit becomes bitter and gross.

The Bible speaks of a man guilty of this current discussion. Jacob despitefully and cunningly stole Esau’s birthright. (Keep in mind, however, that Esau, through bribery, despised it in previous years – Genesis 25:34) Though time had passed and Esau had “supposedly” forgiven his brother (Genesis 33:4), he never did forget what he did.

Time has a way of changing things.

But in Esau’s case, he grew worse. He got bitter and rancid. Keep in mind that during their encounter, they exchanged no harsh words. No wars or battles with each other in their lifetime are recorded. Yet, Esau became bitter. So much so that he could not find space to repent though it was his heart’s desire.

Hebrews 12:

15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.

17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

In Scripture, we’re reminded to: Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23) God is familiar with our frail makeup and knows what we cannot handle. Life can hurt, but God can take those painful situations and turn them into glorious circumstances. He can exchange those curses into blessings, give beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness – Isaiah 61:3.

Only God can shield us from the hurt because He is a Defense and Shield. May God help us to cast all our care upon Him as he molds us to be the better person He designed us to be. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. II Timothy 2:21