Jacob wrestles with God. An unequal match to be certain. God has no weakness to be exploited, but Jacob does.
Jacob's battle was never really with Esau or Laban (See Ephesians 6:12; 2 Cor. 10:3); it was spiritual in nature and it was between him and his God. God wrestles with Jacob to bring him to the end of himself. This "wrestler with God" has spent his entire life exploiting others instead of relying upon God to fulfill His promises for his life. This final wrestling with God has brought him to the end of himself where he can't go back and he can't go forward without God's intervention and protection. He truly is between a rock and a hard place. What a great place to be--where God shows up!
How do we "wrestle" with God today?
- When we scheme to make things happen
- When we make promises to God based upon our own ability rather than surrendering to God
- When we take advantage of others
- When we run away from our problems instead of taking our problems to God
Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
- What are the two indicators that it is time for Jacob to return to Canaan?
- What does God promise Jacob?
- How does God come to Jacob's aid as he flees Leban?
- What does this tell you about God?
- Describe Jacob's emotional state as he prepares to face his brother?
- Genesis 32:9 records the first time that Jacob actually seeks God. What is the basis of his prayer?
- In spite of God's promises to Jacob what does he continue to do as he prepares to meet Esau?
- What does Jacob learn about himself, about scheming, and about God at Peniel?
Is there something you are wrestling with God over? The sooner you surrender the less painful it will be. Offer a prayer of surrender to the Lord Jesus.