The God of Jacob

“No more luminous illustration of this truth [of the undiscouraged perseverance of God] can be found in Scripture than God’s pursuit of Jacob and its apogee in the incongruous title, ‘The God of Jacob.’ The God of Abraham, father of the faithful? Yes! The God of Moses, who talked with God face-to-face as a man to his friend? Yes! The God of Daniel, the beloved? Yes! The God of Jacob, the crooked, the grasping, the deceitful, the swindler? A thousand times, NO! God would compromise His own character by linking His name with that of Jacob. And yet He has said, ‘Jacob have I loved… The God of Jacob is they refuge… Fear not, thou worm Jacob.’ What is weaker, what is more worthless than a worm? And yet Jacob the worm, Jacob the worthless, subject to the relentless, pursuing love of God, becomes a prince, having power with God and men… [God] does not despair of us even when we despair of ourselves. His patience is never at an end. His resources are never exhausted. There is an optimism in God which discerns the hidden possibilities in the most unpromising character. He has an eye for hidden elements of nobility and promise in an unprepossessing life. He is the God of the difficult temperament, the God of the warped personality, the God of the misfit. Only God saw the prince in Jacob. He has a solution for every problem of personality and temperament. When we surrender our lives into His hands for drastic and radical treatment, He will bring into play all His resources of love and grace… There is hope in the God of Jacob for any disposition or any temperament. No past defeat puts future victory out of reach. When God has saved and apprehended a man, He pursues him with undiscourageable perseverance that He may bless him. He does not exclude from His royal service penitent men and women who have failed. Had God dismissed Peter for his failure, there would have been no great Pentacostal preacher. God will turn the tables on the Devil by creating  a wider ministry out of our very defeats.”

~ J. Oswald Sanders

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About Stephanie Joy

I'm just a girl growing up in a world with very little light and trying to follow God's will for my life. I love Jesus, my family, and my friends, and I pray that somehow someone will be blessed through my scribblings. View all posts by Stephanie Joy

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