Thursday – October 3, 2019 – Flaws and All
Hebrews 11:21 (NIV) By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.
Abraham and Isaac were noted predominantly in the Bible because of their faith. We must remember too, that they were flawed men. Everyone is flawed; no one is perfect. Jacob is one of the most flawed people written about in the Bible. Even so, he is still listed among the patriarchs. His flaws did not disqualify him in the eyes of God. That is because he had a very important trait. He wanted to receive everything that God wanted him to have. His problem was that he thought he had to connive and scheme to get it; to use his own wit and guile to receive it.
In his pursuit of what God wanted for him, he lied to his father, outwitted his brother through deception, had to flee for his life and leave his home. He also had to go to a place he knew about, but did not know. There he met a relative that was more deceitful than him. He endured many things to encounter God. He even had a wrestling match with an angel of God. He wanted to walk a straight path, but couldn’t until he could only walk with a limp. He had to be touched by God in a way that marked him for life. Yes, he was marked for life, but it was a changed life. It was because of God’s blessing on his life that he was able to bless others (read Genesis 48 and 49).
It wasn’t because of his strength of character that he was blessed by God; it was because of his faith in God. The changed Jacob, who became known as Israel, wanted God to prevail and that is what his new name means. It was only because God prevailed that he was able to worship, leaning on his staff as he was dying.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that I can receive from You what You want for me. I don’t have to come up with schemes of my own to receive Your blessing.