"God Moments"Stuart Jones The story of Jacob allows us to see how the character of a man can completely change when he comes to depend upon God. Jacob was a schemer, a liar and a manipulator for a large portion of his life. He stole his brother’s birthright and blessing. He lived a major portion of life on the run. He ran from people he deceived and used. He ran from God. He used his wile and cunning to build wealth. In many ways, Jacob epitomized what we now call the “me generation.” “Me generation” people reject tradition. Jacob rejected the birthright tradition. “Me generation” people believe in themselves above all else. Jacob had supreme confidence in his abilities and relied upon himself. “Me generation” people are unfiltered. Jacob exhibited great pride in his life and wasn’t afraid to let others see it. “Me generation” people appear to shun hard work and have a sense of entitlement. Jacob made his own rules and deceived others for selfish gain. Ultimately, “me generation” people want to be seen as individuals. Jacob struggled with and fought with God his entire life. Life was all about Jacob. In the end, Jacob does what we all must do. He confronts his failures, his weaknesses, his sins, all the things that are hurting him . . . and faces God. Jacob physically wrestled with God one whole night. It was an exhausting struggle that left him crippled and broken and able to be used by God. It also allowed God to bless him. Jacob became the patriarch of the twelve tribes of Israel. The sooner we trust God in life, the longer we will benefit from his blessings.