The outstanding lesson of Jacob’s life is that God never fails to discipline those who resist, or who are slow to conform to His purposes. If we do not rise to the level which God purposes for us willingly, then we will be obliged to rise to it through the firm hand of discipline. Jacob’s life also shows that it never pays to cheat or deceive, as the Scripture so clearly states: “A man reaps what he sows” (Gal. 6:7 ). Three great milestones can be seen in Jacob’s life: the dream at Bethel; the long discipline at the hands of Laban; and the night in which the angel of the Lord wrestled with him and overcame him. That night, a new humility was stamped upon Jacob’s character.