The Bible describes the coming of Jesus into this world in a unique way. It says that he has come to this world as a redeeming sacrifice. Although Jesus died, he didn’t die for his sake, but for the people whom God loved so much. That was the reason why Paul repeatedly emphasized how poor we were to receive God’s love in Romans 5. Paul said, “when we were still powerless” in verse 5; “while we were still sinners” in verse 8; and “while we were God’s enemies” in verse 10. In the same context, the Prophet Isaiah said in Isaiah 41:14, “Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you,” declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” Strangely, God called the Israelites who were taken to Babylon as slaves after committing the sin of idolatry “worm Jacob” while he was promising to save them. Why did God call them that? It meant that they were mean cheaters like Jacob. But it sounds so gracious to call them that.
Although God knew how inadequate Jacob was, he sought to meet him. God called the Israelites even though they were miserably grieving like a worm at the river of Babylon. And God assured them that they were His chosen people. At the place of failure, God confirmed that he was their God when they called his name. So, we can even feel the depth of God’s love when God called them, “Worm Jacob.” Although they looked like an ugly and disgusting worm, God would not abandon them because they were his children he could not give up. It’s like how parents say to their troublesome children, “Well, you’re my headache!” But they continued to embrace their children in their hearts. When do people say that they are happy in general? It would probably be when they’re promoted in their workplace, having great success in their business, or children being admitted to a really good college. But we can say that these are only half of the full happiness and joy since someone has to cry when I am smiling. Then, when do Christians like us, experience true happiness and joy? Mature Christians do not boast or rejoice even if they are relatively better than other people after comparing themselves with them. We can only experience true happiness and joy when we peacefully walk with God and feel his grace in our daily lives.
God does not ignore the cry of each person in their own river of Babylon. Although the people in the world may ignore us and treat us like a worm when we become sick or fail, God will continue to embrace us by stretching out his hand as long as we call his name. God makes all those who confess their sins as his children so that they can have a peaceful relationship with him. God does not look at one’s condition or background, but at their hearts and saves them. Therefore, know that you can still be happy even if you do not possess lots of material things like others. If you’ve started the peaceful relationship with God after hearing the voice of God, ‘you worm Jacob!’ your life can be considered as happy and blessed. Christian singer and church elder Hyung Joo Yun often said whenever he had chances to talk to senior people, “today is the youngest day of our lives, and another youngest day is waiting for us tomorrow!” He said this because he believed that our Lord will renew us every day as we continue to walk with him daily.