By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. (Heb 11:21 KJV)
And then Jacob saw the LORD standing by the ladder. He said, “I am the LORD, the God of your grandfather Abraham. I am the God of Isaac. I will give you the land that you are lying on now. I will give this land to you and to your children. You will have as many descendants as there are particles of dust on the earth. They will spread east and west, north, and south. All the families on earth will be blessed because of you and your descendants. “I am with you, and I will protect you everywhere you go. I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised.” (Gen 28:13-15 ERV)
When Papa Jacob was quite younger, he was full of energy and believed that whatever he wanted to achieve, he could achieve them through the exertion of his energy. He was not used to casting himself at the throne of mercy and seeking the face of God over a matter. He was a plotter, a schemer, and one given to the exertion of his own energy to obtain things in life. This attitude particularly made the years of his life very difficult. He stressed himself so much in life to obtain things that his fathers obtained with their eyes closed. Of course, he saw his father work hard; but he did not realize that behind all his father’s labours was a quiet trust in the Lord to make things work. His father, unlike him, did not look to his own strength but unto grace.
So, when the Lord was promising Jacob to be with him during the early days of his pilgrimage, he really did not get the point. He still went on ahead to try to plot his way through life, and he met with a lot of failures. He slaved 7 (seven) years for a woman he wanted to marry and ended up being given another woman. He had to labour another seven years to have the woman he wanted. In those days, I doubt if Papa Jacob really prayed. He belonged to that generation that would rather think and plan than pray. The problems of his life continued, and the Lord kept on breaking him. Until that fateful night when he wrestled with an angel, and his name was changed. That day, he became a new man.
Now, fast forward many years later, after series of events and circumstances had passed upon him, Jacob became a broken man. By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. (Heb 11:21 KJV). While talking about him in Hebrews 11, the Holy Spirit celebrated one thing about Jacob – he became a worshipper.
To worship does not mean to sing slow song, or to hold one’s stomach and twist. Sometimes, because someone is gifted to lead songs in the church, people say he/she is a ‘worshipper’. No. Worship is not about how fast or slow a song is, neither is it about calling God many names in adoration. To worship means to bow down, to prostrate, to lie down before someone. It is an attitude of the heart. Coming from the Greek word, proskuneo, it describes the attitude of making oneself a living sacrifice. A worshipper is a man of prayer, he is a man that looks unto the Lord for mercy; he is a man that trusts in the Lord with all his heart and does not look unto his own understanding.
This was the kind of man Jacob became. Now, he was no longer trusting in his ability to plot and plan; rather, he has put his hope in the Living God- the God of his ancestors. He was no longer in a hurry with his life. He was no longer too busy to spend time in the presence of the Almighty. Even as his life neared an end, it was not strange to see tears in his eyes – not tears of regrets, but tears of joyful contemplation. The heart of Papa Jacob wondered, “So, this is what the Lord had in mind? So this is what He was planning? Kai! And I was worried, I was agitated, I was having sleepless nights wondering about how to go about my life. He had it all planned out. Even my mistakes He used to bring His purposes to pass. When He said He will never leave me, I really did not fully understand it. Now, I do. All He promised me, He has brought to pass. Even the ones I have not seen fulfilled, I now see that I can trust Him to bring it to pass. Faithful God, merciful Father, Everlasting King, My Lord!” And he bowed his head and worshipped.
Even now, seated in the paradise of God, the voice of the ancient father, Jacob, keeps on rising in praise. The promises of God, He had kept them. How great, how faithful!
AND SO? You do not have to wait to be old, to see how things will turn out in your life. You can start out in faith even now to become a worshipper. The Lord is faithful and merciful, He will surely bring His word to pass. God has a track record. He has proved Himself over years. I wonder why I still struggle to trust Him. I wonder why I still find it difficult to cast my future to His hands. I can only ask Him for mercy, I can only ask Him to help my unbelief. In all my labours, in all my efforts, and my pilgrimage on earth, I must not be like a man without a HELPER. The Lord is faithful and will not fail. So, let the worshippers arise, and worship the faithful God!
There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky.
The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.
Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew.
Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.
(Deu 33:26-29 KJV)
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