I am God Almighty; Be fruitful and multiply; A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come forth from you. The land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I will give it to you, and I will give the land to your descendants after you.
Most Jews and Christians know about Jacob:
A mama's boy who scored some major cons; a fugitive who ran from his brother; a deceiver who became deceived; a nephew who served a 20-year term; a husband who loved looks more than virtue...
A wrestler who pressed in for God's blessing; a father who showed partiality; a mourner who lost his favorite son; an old man who got it all at the end, and the one by whom Israel was named.
Because in spite of his obvious flaws, Jacob was a man in whom goodness dwelt. God knew his heart and what Jacob would become. Therefore, God showed Jacob great attention. He was pruned, refined and shaped to be wise.
But if ever a son might be condemned, a son both devious and derelict, Jacob might deserve that earthly judgment. But God's Mind and means are higher than ours. So what lesson can modern saints take home?
We live in an age of prodigal kids: an age of looks, likes and devious cons. Nevertheless, don't write anyone off as unworthy or beyond redemption. Clearly, the Lord didn't and still doesn't.
So instead, look more deeply for goodness: a heart for God just below the surface. Because imperfect people with kind hearts can become the most glorious heroes.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.