God had a special purpose for Jacob and He was going to take care of him, but Jacob had many things he had to learn about his God and about himself! He had to learn that his God must come first and his soul must delight in Him and not in himself. God allowed certain circumstances in his life to influence the thoughts of Jacob into God's way of thinking, and it took many years and much suffering not only for Jacob but for others as well before he finally arrived at that point.
One night there wrestled with him a Man from God until Jacob was humbled. He could no longer stand with confidence on his own and he had to reveal his supplanting character by confessing his name before God would truly bless him. And God did bless him. He changed his name from Jacob to Israel. He restored him in peace to his brother even as he had asked of God years before, and despite of his wondering and wilfulness he had been cared for and provided for.
But oh, how different the life and testimony of Jacob would have been if only the Lord God had been his soul's delight earlier on – much earlier on! So much time had been wasted. Strife, vain glory and unnecessary suffering had been his portion and that of his family for years.
Oh that the Lord Jesus may be the joy and delight of our hearts sooner rather than later, and that we may in spirit echo the words of John the Baptist: