For all our medical and scientific advancements, for all our breakthroughs in technology and medicine, do we not battle the same inclinations as did our Bronze Age ancestors? Women are still objectified: almost one in three women worldwide is a victim of physical and/or sexual violence. How is it that the twentieth century was the most murderous in history? Wars and genocides took more than 200 million victims in 100 years.
According to Jesus, “Out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, and slander” (Matthew 15:19 NIV). The heart of the problem, is the problem of the heart.
The ancient Japanese art of kintsugi is believed to have developed in the fifteenth century as a unique way to repair broken pottery. The artist uses a lacquer to mend the fractures, then covers the adhesive with a fine gold or silver powder. The result is something beautiful and unimagined.
By the time we reach the end of Jacob’s story, the old earthen vessel is held together by Elmer’s glue and duct tape.
“By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph. And he worshipped, leaning on the top of his staff” (Hebrews 11:21).
Jacob died worshipping. May the same be said about us. We don’t have to be strong to be saved. We simply need to trust the God of Jacob. He is the God of second chances and new beginnings. And he never gives up on you.