“As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated (held in relative disregard in comparison with My feeling for Jacob)”. Romans 9:13
Read this story of Esau and Jacob (later renamed Israel), and one will never stop marvelling on God’s system of favouritism. In the normal, the elder remains the elder just like a married man is generally regarded as the breadwinner of his household though that’s changing now.
Why this preferential treatment that God gave to Jacob? Why would God choose David over his brother? Why does God love Joseph over the children of Israel? Why did God refer to Nebuchadnezzar as His beloved despite the man’s senseless behaviours? How many can we count?
The answer is simple. God is a Breaker of Protocol. In the Kingdom of God, there is an organization, a well-coordinated empire where orderliness is foremost. Each Messenger, Elder, Angel and Archangel have specific roles that cannot be disrupted. Unlike here on earth, everyone is busied up there without any time for nonsense.
The fact that we do not have the power to know God’s techniques at dealing with us, shows His supremacy over our existences. He created us; He owns us and He can do whatever he likes with us. By breaking protocols, this shows His Uncommon Favour that is not attributed to just about anyone but his own people. Be this that God is partial? Well…I would vote in favour. When the way of a man pleases God, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him (Proverbs 16:7).
However, for Him to violate protocols, to set us ahead of our foes, and endow us with torrents of uncommon favours, He demands from us to observe certain rules.
That we are Christians does not mean that we are above anyone else. By His grace we are everything, but we must never forget we are living among other people of different faiths. As such, we are tantamount to live at all time by our Christ-like manners. We are not above the law. We are not meant to boss over our friends, our neighbours, our spouses, strangers as if they are nothing and we are something. God dislikes people that look down on other people. He will not take it kindly if we, His children, behave badly towards others. Pride in our achievement, our status, our religion, our education, et cetera is the root of utter destruction. Now coming to the King of kings and Lord of lords with complete humbleness, and treating others with baby like attitudes opens up limitless doors of opportunities and peace.
Since the beginning of 2014, I have been battling with obtaining a travelling visa to a country. It was easy to just go to the embassy and collect it, but I was weighing separate thoughts: to go or not to go, to travel there or not to. I knew I have to go because my closest family members are there and I have never seen them in years. Many would say one does not get to think twice before affirming that decision. Perhaps but in some cases, I believe we all have our reasons for dealing differently with circumstances surrounding us. It just got to a point that I gave up struggling with me and just turns it over to God. His time is best and when that moment comes, nothing is going to stop me.
Indeed that time came a month ago. On a weekend, I woke up with the determination to get to the embassy the following Monday simply to enquire about the visa procedure. I’d check their website without any concrete result. Monday arrived. I went straight to the embassy. At the door, there were people and some of them did not look contented with the information they got. When it became my turn, politely I approached and explained myself. None of us was authorised inside. I would have been rude looking at the way the man at the door blocked it with his huge body in such manner that posed too rigid.
By the time, I said goodbye, I had gotten more than I came for. Not only did he warmly redirect me to the company handling the visa process, he advised me on the procedures I never knew before.