He’s lied. He’s deceived his own father. He’s slept with his own daughter-in-law all while thinking she was a prostitute. He’s stolen from his brother and dishonored his father. Yet, God says to Jacob:
10 “Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel. ” So he named him Israel. 11 And God said to him, “I am God Almighty; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will come from your body. 12 The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you.”
If God can take a man like this and use him for his own glory, what can he do with sinners like you and I? Are their any limits?
Rise up, brothers. You are His sons. You have been made “in his image” and “cut from the rock”. Rise up and live as men of God. You serve the God of Jacob.