Reading: Genesis 32: 22-31
Verse 28: You have struggled with God and men and have overcome.
In a time of need, God once again comes to Jacob. Even when Jacob cannot quite put into words the things he is feeling and needing, God enters the situation because that is what Jacob needs God to do. God and Jacob wrestle and Jacob shows his inner grit and determination. This time of physical testing leaves him changed. He will always walk with a limp and he will have a new name.
As they wrestled, Jacob’s hip was touched and was wrenched. Even this painful injury that would result in Jacob limping for the rest of his life could not force him to let go or to give up. He held on. He continued to wrestle with God. Jacob passed this test. The limp he carried forth will always remind him of when “You have struggled with God and men and have overcome”.
Jacob also walks away with a new name. God has deemed him worthy to carry on the covenant. This is the result of Jacob demanding a blessing from God. He held on and would not let go of God until he received it. Jacob demonstrates boldness and confidence by holding on until his answer is given. He asks God for something big and holds on, expecting God to answer his request.
In our relationship with God, do we wrestle with God and stick with it so that we also overcome? In our prayers, do we demonstrate Jacob’s boldness and determination? When we need God – whether for an answer to prayer or for some other involvement in our lives – we should expect God to come through. We should be open and honest with God. At times that means we will be demanding. Like Jacob, our prayers should be big enough that they demand an answer. We should pray with the expectation of our answer and we should wrestle with God until the answer comes. God desires good for us. Do we wrestle with God like we trust this promise? May we, like Jacob, cling to God, holding on to Him for all we need.