Genesis 32:24-28 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,e because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.”
This journey Jacob made is certainly most significant because it was not just a physical relocation but a mental and spiritual transition.
Jacob was moving from a place of great adversity back to him hometown where he was previously not welcome and the only reason was because God instructed him to.
Jacob tried to win his brother over by sending his messengers over, sending expensive gifts and finally split his entire convoy up to ensure that if attacked, the other groups would have a chance to escape.
What then is this wrestling competition in the middle of all of this meant to be and how could some man simply bless him?
Obedience to God’s word is the right thing and obviously Jacob was being obedient. However, fear consumed him and therefore he started to make plans.
God permitted the fear because through it, Jacob clung onto God’s hand and prayed in earnest. What’s foundational to breaking strongholds and winning spiritual struggles is to lean on God completely and put our trust in God.
The wrestling match was Jacob’s prayer time and the man who wrenched his hip was none other than Jesus who was God in human form.
God rewarded Jacob with a new identity as a reward for his faithful obedience and the wrenched hip was a sign of Jacob’s struggle with God and men.
When we are sent on a mission by God, we need to faithfully follow and prayerfully talk to God. This is a picture of our spiritual life and this journey marks our daily lives in Christ.
Are you willing to obey your maker, are you willing to be freed of all the troubles that bind you, are you willing to be blessed beyond your imagination? Then put your trust in Jesus who is the author and perfecter of our faith.
In His Loving Service,
Hebrews 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
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