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Both Jacob and Jeshurun

Isaiah 44:2

This is the word of the LORD your Maker who shaped you from birth; He will help you: Do not fear; Jacob is My servant; I have chosen Jeshurun.

This word of assurance applies to us as Christians. God’s word to Israel, whom He addresses here as Jacob, is extended to us through our relationship with Jesus Christ, whereby we become adopted sons and daughters of God. We must always remember that we belong to Him. He has chosen us, and He will help us in whatever task, battle, or storm we may find ourselves.

God created us for a purpose, knowing full well our flaws and our features. Our flaws were designed to draw us to Him and depend upon His guidance, strength, and love. He designed our features with skill, talent, and anointing to accomplish the purpose for which He created us – to worship Him alone and to be His witnesses.

Jacob was a deceiver, full of schemes and manipulation. His intent was to better himself at the expense of others, and he mastered the art of trickery. Yet, God still chose to form His chosen nation from this deceitful trickster. After coming to the end of himself and wrestling with an angel, God changed Jacob’s name to Israel, which means Prince of God. While he began life as a heel catcher, his destiny was to be a prince among the peoples of the earth. Here, however, God addresses the nation as Jacob, the deceiver full of flaws. God also refers to the nation as Jeshurun, which is a term of endearment, much like a pet name. In one statement, He recognized their bad habits but loved them dearly and with great compassion.

Like Jacob, God chose us while we were flaw ridden and unable to do anything good. He looked ahead, saw our future, and called us to be His servants and witnesses to His power and glory. While He is ever aware of our weaknesses and failures, He loves us passionately and vows to help us become the person we were destined to be in Christ! We can trust His process of sanctification as we are transformed into the very image of Christ. We are both Jacob and Jeshurun, and we are dearly loved!

Have a blessed day!

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