The God of Jacob
Happy is the one whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them. He remains faithful forever, …
God is often mentioned in Scripture as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
God changed Abram’s name to Abraham, which meant “Father of many nations.” When Scripture refers to Abraham, it indicates the changed man after his encounter with God. His son, Isaac, was the son of promise. Jacob, however, means, “deceiver, supplanter, heel catcher.” Jacob was a manipulator, a liar, and a schemer. His name was later changed to “Israel,” which means Prince of God.
While we might prefer to think of God as the God of Israel, the changed man, we see Him listed here and in other places as the God of Jacob. Indeed, He is the God of the worst part of us that still needs to be transformed, as well as the changed part of us. Hallelujah! Even when we are at our worst as manipulators, liars, and schemers, God still chooses to identify with us because we are His! When we get a revelation of this grace, our hearts truly change.
Happy is the one who has put her hope in the God of Jacob! Even when she acts according to her old nature, He still claims her as His own and helps her in her desperate situation because He is faithful. Faithfulness is a part of God’s nature, and He does not change. He remains true to His word and true to His children. We have no greater identity than to be called, “His.” And as His child through faith in His Son, we are continually being transformed into the image of Christ.
Have a blessed day!