There will be times when we wrestle with or question our faith. Perhaps you are in one of those times now or maybe you have been through one recently. In these times of vulnerability and honesty, we are often refined and emerge with a stronger faith and a new outlook on our journey. Jesus took opportunities to wrestle with God too. On several occasions he got up early and went to a solitary place by himself or found a quiet pace late at night to wrestle with God. Jesus found strength wrestling with God.
Jacob has an evening of wrestling with God. He was alone on one side of the stream, having sent his family and possessions on across already. He had left home but wasn’t ‘there’ yet. He was on the journey. God came and wrestled with him all night long. Jacob held onto God throughout the struggle. Because of this, God blessed him. Jacob emerged as Israel.
At times we find ourselves feeling alone, left only with our faith. If we are open to t and seek Him out, God will also take hold of us. He will push and prod and toss us about to force us to consider our faith. And if we stay in the fight, if we delve deep within, we too will emerge new. We too become changed by our wrestling with God. Hold on tight, for “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6) Notice the tense is present, it is not past. God will continue to complete us until the day of Christ’s return. None of us are ‘there’ yet. Wrestle with God. Hold on tight to your faith. Like Jacob, God will work within us to help us emerge with a new, stronger faith.
Scripture reference: Genesis 32: 22-31