Monday, April 13
Jacob went on his way and the angels of God met him. Genesis 32:1
The Biblical account of Jacob’s life is a demonstration of God’s grace and mercy. Consider for a moment his checkered past, so much so that he was known as a “deceiver” and “supplanter” (see Genesis 25 and 27). Some may say that what he was experiencing with Laban, his father-in-law, and the upcoming apprehension of meeting Esau after 20 years, was deserved. Yet in all this God was going before him, as we see in the focus passage Genesis 32:1, and was about to bless him as recorded in the following chapter. You see, for all his short comings Jacob, soon to be renamed Israel, trusted God, and was chosen to be the earthly ancestor of our Lord and Saviour.
As with Jacob, our salvation is not based upon our history; rather it is a gift from God, and if like Jacob we are willing to surrender our will to God He will go before us. Romans 5:8 reminds us that as with Jacob, Jesus has also gone before us and has prepared the way for our blessing. We read there “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Let us then cease our struggling with God, surrender to His will and receive His salvation.
Heavenly Father I thank you for your grace which gives me what I do not deserve, and your mercy which with holds what I do deserve. Like Jacob, I surrender my will to you today. Use me to be a blessing to others. Amen.