Jacob wrestled with the Lord for hours, until soon to be daybreak, then the Lord touched Jacobs hip,causing excruciating pain, making him let go.
When Jacob realized whom he had been wrestling with, he reached out and clung to Him, refusing to let go until he was blessed.
It isnt the blessings that many of us would think, being materialistic,etc, but one of a man who was broken for many years.
This man wanted a blessing of forgiveness.
For years he carried the heaviness of lying to his Father,Isaac, and taking Esau, his older brothers blessings.
Do you think that the Lord denied him?
No...He knew Jacobs heart, and He loved Jacob, irregardless of what he did in the past, and he blessed him.
The story of Jacob and Esau, the brokenness leading to healing..I would say ended in a wonderful blessing.
So, have you wrestled with God about anything?
I know I have.
There have been many times this year I have wrestled with God on my knees, begging for answers, and blessings..for help.
Though the storms we may be in right now seem daunting, the rain so heavy we cant see past whats in front of us, God can.
God can see what lies ahead and knows, if we just hold on a little longer, there is a blessing waiting for us.
Maybe He wants us to wrestle with Him more on our knees, drawing us closer to Him and also making us STRONGER.
I would never want to face those days in NICU ever again, but those days made me STRONGER and realize whats most important.
It made me love and cherish my children,LIFE, all that much more.
Its so fragile.
Ive been wrestling with God alot lately, and I love Him that much more...and I also see little blessings all around me.
My Josiah starting to coo and swat at toys, very aware of people around him.
So.. are you in a storm today?
Wrestle with God, and He will answer!
25 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. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”
But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
27 The man asked him, “What is your name?”
“Jacob,” he answered.
28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,[f] because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”
29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”
But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.