God often has to "dislocate our hip" through failure and disappointment. Sometimes it is the only way He can get our attention. Our nature to control and manipulate is so strong that it takes a catastrophic event to wake us up. Yet God did not reject Jacob for these character traits. In fact, God blessed him greatly because He saw something in Jacob that pleased Him. He saw a humble and contrite heart beneath the cold and manipulative exterior of Jacob's life, and it was that trait that God needed to develop. He did this by bringing about the crisis in Jacob's life that led to total consecration. This event was marked by Jacob getting a new name, Israel. For the first time, Jacob had a nature change, not just a habit change. What will God have to do in our lives to gain our complete consecration to His will and purposes?
- Unevenly yoked (standupforthetruth.com)
- Standing in the gap when ears are tickled (standupforthetruth.com)
- Only One Truth (donotbesurprised.com)
- Have you wrestled with God? (possesshispromises.com)
- The Lord Our Righteousness (sabbathsermons.com)
- The Patriarchs Were People Like Us (defendingcontending.com)