He was a deceiver who plotted and schemed in order to steal his brother’s birthright.
He was a sinner, afraid and on the run.
Then God came to him and asked him one simple question:
“What is your name?”
He asked this because the man had been avoiding the truth, professing to be someone other than himself.
He had been living a lie.
So God confronted him in the perfect way that He does, getting right to the point of the matter.
He asked, “What is your name?” (Who ARE you?)
And the man answered, “Jacob.”
Then God blessed him and used him to do great things in his name.
Before this man was useful to God, he had to confess his true self. He had to admit who he really was.
He had to come face to face with the Almighty God and come clean.
God poses this same question to each of us.
He says, “Who ARE you?”
When God asks this question, He is opening our hearts to the truth.
When we accept this truth and admit our true selves, He is then prepared to bless us as he blessed Jacob.
He is prepared to forgive us, to restore us, and to provide us reconciliation with himself through Christ.
“Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy” (Prov. 28:13)(ESV).