Abraham, Isaac, Jacob-Ford, Chrysler, GM-the names go together, like peanut butter and jelly. Hebrews 11 lists Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as heroes of the faith. But Jacob seems awfully down-to-earth. He seems more like, well, a member of my church, or like me.
Jacob was a child of the covenant. The local “church” was full of his relatives. Jacob was “baptized,” attended Sunday school, catechism and youth group. He didn’t misbehave (unlike his twin brother). But he did not stand out either-except when it came to getting his own way. He never revealed his hand. But before you knew it, he had all the best trading cards.
As a young adult Jacob wasn’t impressive. Even after he got a job he lived at home and never did any “guy” things. If he went to “church,” no one ever noticed. But he got into so much conflict with his dad and brother that they finally sent him somewhere, like northwest Iowa, hoping he’d find a wife and grow up!
But this is where Jacob’s life gets interesting. He is still bent on lining his own pockets, but God gets in his face. And grasping Jacob begins to change from the inside out. That gives me hope. If God can change Jacob, he can change me too.
Lord, change is scary, but I want to let you work in me. Thank you for not giving up on me. Amen.