Jacob, One Who Made His Own Rules – February 26, 2016

Hebrews 11:21, By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

This week, we have been looking at the “Hall of Faith” listed in Hebrews 11 with a focus on those members of the “Hall of Faith” who exhibited checkered pasts. If you missed my thoughts on Sarah, Rahab, Samson and Noah, you can find them on my daily blog, www.johnmarkcaton.com. Our final failed ‘hall of faith’ candidate is Jacob. Jacob was one of the great patriarchs of Israel, and the father of 12 sons who would eventually become the 12 Tribes of Israel. If you read about Jacob’s life, he was a liar, a cheater, and a manipulator. Jacob was smart, clever and strong, and Jacob used those strengths to build incredible wealth for his family and for himself. However, Jacob too often made up his own rules; he deceived and cheated others for selfish gain. Jacob didn’t trust God to work things out, and instead, he took matters into his own manipulative hands. It took Jacob a long time to really learn he could trust God, and as a result, on many occasions, his deceitfulness backfired on him and his family.

The life-lesson from Jacob is clear… the sooner we learn to trust God when we do the right things, the more we will benefit from the long-term blessings of God. Jacob eventually had a change of heart and started doing the right things which allowed God to make Jacob worthy of  the “Hall of Faith.” God can do the same thing with you, if you will simply let Him.

Think about it…and have a blessed weekend!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D