Wrestling with God

June 18, 2008 at 1:27 pm (Bible, Christ and the Bible, Faith, God, House of Prayer, Intercession, Jesus, Life, Prayer)

Jacob Wrestles With God

That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maidservants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 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. Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”
But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

The man asked him, “What is your name?”
“Jacob,” he answered.

Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.”

Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”
But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.

So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”

The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip. Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob’s hip was touched near the tendon.

I feel that this verse will bless someone today. Because today is a test from the Lord to see how much you desire him, how far you are willing to go for him, how much you will endure for him. Today keep in mind that not all struggles are against the enemy, some are against God because he desires us to stand firm in our faith and is willing to test that, not for his knowledge because he already knows how far we will go, but for our own understanding. How much deeper will you be rooted in the Lord if you can stand up and say I wrestled with God and lived to tell you about it. Look, here are my scars to prove it.

<!–[if !supportEmptyParas]–> For anyone who has ever wrestled another man you know 3 minutes is a killer, imagine wrestling with God, all through the night. When he tells you to stop you say no, not until I receive my portion. That is the desire God wants to see in us. 

I pray today that God blesses you with the desire, and strength to carry on through the night, and the faith that when the sun rises you will be blessed with all of his Glory.

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