Who you’re becoming
Genesis 28:13-15 – There above it stood the Lord, and he said (to Jacob), “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
If I had read this verse on it’s own, just like this, I would have definitely thought to myself ‘oh, Jacob must be a great man of God, to hear a promise such as that from Him’. In fact, I would have been so intrigued to find out exactly what Jacob did in order to get this promise. In what way was he faithful to God?
But actually, I read about Jacob’s life before I got to this part and I was surprised. Just before He hears this promise from God in his dream, Jacob had taken his older twin brother’s blessing from their father. He disguised himself to look/feel/sound like Esau and tricked his father into blessing him instead of his older brother. He lied, manipulated and essentially stole. He then ran away and hid from Esau. God spoke to him in his dream just after he had run away.
It gives me hope that God doesn’t measure up our past before He blesses us. We’re all imperfect, making mistakes knowingly and unknowingly all the time. We’ll never be good enough for God because we’re all sinners.
But God saw Jacob’s future, and He saw his potential to be a great man of God. He looked past His sins, mistakes and imperfections and held up His future instead.
That’s what He does for you too. He’s holding up your future, not your past. You best is yet to come. Stop living in your past, look up and focus on what He has for you. He cares more for who you’re becoming than who you were.