How hopeful to know that Jacob from being a cheater and a liar, became part of the genealogy of Jesus! The Bible does not hide the fact that he had to toil much more in his life to attain the blessings that God gave him. He worked hard to get his promised wife and the fought with the Angel of God for a blessing, and won. He also created lifelong enemies with his brother until he was forgiven. For his ways he had also fallen into the trap of deceit, when Laban his father in law, cheated him giving him his other daughter and having to work more for the one he really loved. Hard days and hard situations which he had brought upon himself.
But this story instead of being sad, gives hope to all of us that have had a less than perfect past. You know, the moments in life when you have not been specially truthful, or when you have wronged someone knowingly and had fled leaving that person hurting. And what about deceit? We can go on and on with many of the mistakes and mishaps, be it small, medium, large or extra large ones, that have already passed but continue to accuse you today. It might have been years ago, and you still walk today having that mistake hanging around your neck like a sign that says, “I can’t, I did this or that in the past”. You are not perfect and you may have done many wrong deeds in your past. But there is hope, and there is a future. As Jacob went to know very well, redemption is something a man cannot do by himself, it has to come from God, and He is willing.
He is willing to make you new, to go deep in your heart and change everything. He is so willing that he already made a plan and executed it on your behalf. It is called Grace. It was performed by his son Jesus on the cross where He gave himself for you and for me so our sins would be forgiven and our lives would be redeemed. You have toiled enough to know that you have not gotten to far. It has been hard and every time you consider it, your past comes to haunt you again. But it doesn’t have to be that way, all the accusations, all the sins, all the mistakes, all the wrongs, and the past has been forgiven, by his Grace.
Jacob came to be part of the genealogy of Jesus, the Savior of the world. His name is forever branded in history, in spite of his past, as one of the great fathers of a nation, and his name was changed from Jacob, which means cheater, to Israel. All because he was redeemed and forgiven. This could also be your story if you choose to; to be forgiven, restored and redeemed. It is up to you, He has forgiven all our sins and restored all things by his sacrifice in the cross. He has plans for your life, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
One thing I know about you and that is, that your future is breathtaking, because Jacob’s story of redemption, could be your story.
“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”
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