I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands. – Genesis 32:10
With the modern emphasis on achievement, it is easy to get caught up in the desire for reward for our accomplishments. When we work hard, we appreciate kind words even if they make us feel awkward. Unless we remain humble, we can be swept away in a continual effort to receive praise and even convince ourselves that we are worthy of it all.
It can therefore be hard to hear criticism when we think too highly of ourselves. Jacob was a man of significant accomplishments. Wealthy and the father of a huge family, the patriarch of the Israelites was also a man of experience. Some of those experiences were less than godly. The ups and downs of life had taught him that all his success was due to God’s will. With the Lord, Jacob would have been nothing.
I hope you can honestly reflect upon your life and see the truth that neither you nor me are worthy of the mercies of God. Yet, He is merciful. Praise Him! His truth yet endures from generation to generation.