From the (Un)qualified devotional by STEVEN Furtick
“Your brother,” he said, “came here falsely and took your blessing.” Esau said, “Not for nothing was he named Jacob, the Heel. Twice now he’s tricked me: first he took my birthright and now he’s taken my blessing.” He begged, “Haven’t you kept back any blessing for me?””
Genesis 27:35-36 MSG
One of the most dramatically unqualified biblical heroes I can think of is Jacob. He was a liar, a con, a trickster, a fraud. He spent much of his life haunted by bad decisions and exiled to the chaos of self-inflicted consequences. And yet God called him, chose him, and even blessed him.
Jacob ended up playing a major role in God’s plan to redeem the world. He emerged simultaneously as one of the most important figures in Scripture and one of the most screwed up.
Jacob was a poster child for the confusion and complications that weaknesses produce. But he was also a dramatic example of someone who was, at least by the end of his life, able to embrace his insufficiencies, look past them, and trust in God.
And when he did, God took over. He overruled Jacob’s limitations and trumped his disqualifications. Jacob was acutely, painfully, spectacularly human. That’s probably why I can relate to his failures faster than his feats. But ultimately God redeemed, redefined, and realigned Jacob through his weaknesses, not in spite of them. And that’s what He will do for you and me, when we embrace who we really are. He wants to bless the real you, with all your insufficiencies and weaknesses. He is the one who has called you, equipped you, and empowered you. And He is able to open doors of opportunity just for you…just as you are.