Mal 1:2 I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob.
Love is giving. How can anyone claim he loves me when he has what I lack and yet withholds? God is known to be great and mighty. But how do we convince anyone God loves when such a person is going through stuff and God tarries in delivering?
In the text above, God told the Israelites he loved them. They were very quick to answer God ‘How have you loved us?’ Put differently, they are saying ‘how can God says he loves us when our mountain problems are still standing? But God also gave his people a deep answer. “Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob”. Let’s look at this answer
Esau and Jacob were twins. One would think growing up they should have the same opportunities. But Jacob became God’s chosen race. Jacob in his poorest condition is better than Esau in his best, because of God’s everlasting covenant with Israel. Despite Jacob’s many troubles, Esau would be happy and would do anything to be like Jacob. Yet Esau is Jacob’s big brother.
“Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” is a question for God’s people to realize his favours they enjoy are not as common as they think. Those things you are enjoying freely are other people’s prayer requests. If because you don’t have money today, you take for granted your ability to sleep, eat or breathe, go to the hospital. There, you will see people like in the mortuary. Are they not God’s creatures like you? The dead would be ready to pay any amount to come back to life and be like you. If being alive today is not by your riches or intelligence, then God truly loves you.
“Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? Is to call your attention to your area of advantages despite your challenges. Because you have not been able to pay children school fees, you feel God has forgotten you. Don’t you have friends who are still praying for husband and children?
Indeed, when you look at God from the perspective of your lacks, you will only see an unresponsive and slow God. If you are conscious that even the little you’ve got is by God’s grace and that without God things could have been worse, you will appreciate God’s love. God’s love is not reflected by whether or not we have unsatisfied desires. Instead, God’s love is shown by the number of unmerited benefits we have received. Whatever you are enjoying but which you did not get by your power are the evidence that God loves you.
“Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” God is saying compare yourself with your brothers and not with strangers. Don’t be sad because you read that Mr. A became a Governor at 35 years. Even if you graduated the same year, you don’t have the same foundation. Judging God’s love by measuring your success with the neighbour’s is like comparing peoples’ height without paying attention to the height of their shoes.
Your foundation is your ancestral roots and it influences your life experience. While wealth and political power are common in some lineage, poverty and oppression are common in some families. Some are born on the high throne and they are ruling nations. But some of us are from the ‘underground’. If despite our low beginning, we rose to be relevant in some local affairs, indeed God loves us and has rescued us. You may not be as rich as Dangote, but since you gave your life to Christ, haven’t you enjoyed grace that your unbelieving brethren never had? Be grateful!
May the Lord increase his grace in your life in Jesus name.