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Wrestling With God


Written by: Unknown    Posted on: 12/19/2007

Category: Bible Studies

Source: newsgroup

So Jacob was left alone and a man wrestled with him till daybreak (Genesis 32:24).

All that Jacob has lived for up to now is coming down to one event -- his reunion with Esau. Over 20 years have passed since Jacob had manipulated his father's blessing away from his brother Esau. During these years God had been changing Jacob from a controller and manipulator to a man who was learning to trust God. He is now ready to meet Esau. However, he is fearful that Esau may take revenge on him and his family for his past sin. He sends a gift ahead to meet him while he retreats and seeks mercy from God.

As an angel appears to Jacob, he realizes the only hope he has is in God. Only if God blesses him will he survive this ordeal. In the past Jacob would seek to solve his problem his way. Now, he wants only God's way. He wants Him so badly that he won't let go of the angel. He is striving with God, but it is the right kind of striving. Jacob is striving to have all God's blessing on his life. He is seeking God with all that he has. "When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man." The only way to overcome the strong will of this man was to physically immobilize him. The angel touched the socket of Jacob's hip. It was painful. It broke him. This was the final stage of removing the old nature from Jacob. It was the place of complete brokeness and surrender. No longer would Jacob walk in his own strength. He would now have to lean on a cane, symbolic of his leaning on God alone.

It was the final act from God in Jacob's life that was celebrated with a new name -- Israel. No longer would he strive with God or man. The process was now complete. God could now bless this man abundantly. He gave him favor with Esau and restored his broken relationship.

What does God have to do in our lives to remove the controlling and manipulative nature that so often is part of a business person's life? Perhaps it will require a time of immobilizing, loss of a job, loss of income, loss of health, loss of a close relationship. These are His methods of preparation. Your new nature will not be complete until you've stopped striving with God through your own self-efforts. If God is taking you through this process, be encouraged; it is because of the inheritance He has prepared for you. However, the inheritance can only be received when God brings us to total dependence on Him.

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