Read: Genesis 27:6-23
A well-known actor commented that he enjoyed acting “flawed” characters in movies because people could relate better to an imperfect character. Most of us would agree that it is easier for us to understand people who aren’t perfect because we know that we are imperfect.
In the Bible we find stories of people who were deceitful, weak, unreliable, and angry. Take the example of Jacob, who deceived his father so that he would receive a blessing (Gen. 27:1-29). Then we see a Gideon, who was so unsure of God that he asked Him twice for proof that He would be faithful to do what He said He would do (Judg. 6:39). And there is Peter, who for fear of his own safety, even denied the Lord three times (Mark 14:66-72). The world will see such people as flawed and unqualified for important tasks. But when we read the rest of their stories, we see that with God’s help, these people were able to overcome their shortcomings and ultimately be useful to Him. They were able to accomplish amazing things for God. That happened when they depended not on themselves but on God.
Just like the people who lived thousands of years ago, each of us comes with flaws. But by God’s grace we can overcome those imperfections by embracing His “strength which is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9). We have to keep in mind that it is good to learn of our weakness if it drives us to lean on God’s strength. Paul the apostle rightly said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13).