I’ve been reading Genesis and thinking a lot about how God’s timeline and means of working in different peoples’ lives, even in Scripture, is so varied and amazing.
Hebrews 1:1 is so true when it says “In the past God spoke to our ancestors at many different times and in many different ways through the prophets”.
God wrestled Jacob to the ground after many years of deceit and self-reliance. God called Abraham to leave his land and venture out in faith into Canaan. Elijah seemed to spend half his life powerfully aware of the heavenly realm.
But all of these characters were on a path that led to reliance on, worship of and humility before God.
Which character’s path makes you stand in awe of God’s handiwork the most?
Recently, for me, it has been Jacob. Through Laban and Esau God repeatedly confronted Jacob with his own deceitfulness and forced Jacob into a corner where, in the famous wrestling match, he finally sought blessing directly from God rather than stealing it and admitted his true name to God Himself.
The way God worked in Jacob’s life is so precise, so patient and so perfectly designed to bring Jacob to the place where he could say, “I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two camps” (Gen 32:10).