Choosing His Best
The Hearts of Jacob and Esau
“As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have
I hated.” (Rom. 9:13)
When the Lord chooses, He looks at the hidden motives of
the heart and chooses those that choose Him above all else.
Esau and Jacob were brothers with very different natures.
Esau means “ruddy” (with strength); Jacob means
“deceiver.” Although Esau appears to be the better
of the two, there is something in the heart of him that is
not apparent externally. He wanted the blessing, for that
meant he would inherit all the wealth and prestige of his
father. His cooperation was a natural, carnal response related
to prosperity and blessing, not to trails and the fellowship
In Genesis 25:32 we find the key which reveals Esau’s
inner man. When he relinquishes his birthright, he is in essence
saying, “What good is the supernatural when the needs
of the physical are not met?” He despised his birthright,
the call of God, and chose the sensual satisfaction in a pressure
situation. The Lord saw this in Esau and, therefore, chose
Jacob. The Lord would rather change the nature of a deceiver
than choose one that would choose less than Him.
“He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I
will be his God, and he shall be My son” (Rev 20:7).
Often the Lord will choose an individual who has problems
and is struggling, because He recognizes a determination within
the heart of such a person that will cause him to choose and
choose until he finally overcomes.
“And Jacob was left alone and there wrestled a man
with him (Jesus Christ in a theophany) and when He saw that
He prevailed not against him, He (the Lord) touched the hollow
of his thigh and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out
of joint” (Gen.32:24). When the angel said, “Let
me go,” Jacob countered with, “I will not let
you go until you bless me.” The angel could not prevail
against Jacob’s strength and self-will; so, through
divine intervention, the Lord touched the hollow of this man’s
thigh and weakened him. Now Jacob could submit and the Lord
could overcome in his life.
The important factor here is that Jacob made the choice.
He would not let the angel go until the Lord prevailed. Under
pressure, Esau chose a bowl of soup; Jacob chose the blessing
of the Lord. Esau said, “I’m about to die; what
good is the birthright?” Jacob, on the other hand said,
“I’m about to lose everything, but I’d rather
have the blessing of God,” and he pressed the angel
for it. When the angel asked what his name was, Jacob confessed
and said, “Deceiver.” Because he confessed his
nature and was willing to choose the blessing of God above
his possessions, the Lord spoke thus: “Thy name shall
no more be called Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast
thou power with God and with man, and hast prevailed.”
The secret of an overcoming life is this: choosing God in
the heat of a most crucial situation. Jacob’s nature
was changed through a weakening of his self-will; now he could
submit and come to a place of victory in God.
The Lord knows what is in our heart and He brings us to that
place where we can be tested and proven. He’ll arrange
a set of circumstances wherein we will have to make a choice.
The miracle of God is that He does this more than once and,
in His grace, gives us ample opportunity to be tested over
and over again until we “come through!”
In the pressures that we face, the Lord will bring us forth.
We can then become a prince with God and have power with God
and man and will bring forth the Lord, our King, in all His