The story of Jacob always brings me hope. It brings me hope because it reminds me that God does not save those who are perfect. In fact, He saves the most wretched of sinners. Jacob cheats his brother out of his birthright and blessing then runs away to avoid confronting him. (His name literally means “takes by the heel” or “cheater”) Yet, as he is on the run, God comes to him and promises to bless him and make him the father of nations and kings. While he is still far off, God goes to him.
Does that sound familiar?
It’s mirrored in the story of the prodigal son. While the younger, cheating son was a long way off, the father ran to him and welcomed Him home. It’s the story of our lives in God. He does not wait for us to make the first move, He steps in when we are at our lowest and lifts us up.
God takes what is broken and sinful and makes it whole and clean. We have hope because there is no place we can go where God can not find us. We have hope because no amount of shame is to much for our God to overcome. We have hope because He is present in our suffering. We have hope because while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.