WINNING WITH GOD AND MEN
Updated: Feb 11, 2022
Genesis 32:24, 28 So Jacob was left all alone, and there a man wrestled with him until daybreak.
And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
Insight and Highlight
Jacob’s struggles with God explain our struggles. Sometimes before it gets brighter, it gets darker.
Until we make up our minds declaring "enough is enough", Heaven may not move on our behalf.
Jacob whose name means "someone who takes what belongs to another"- a supplanter ( Gen 25:26, Hosea 12:3), encountered God and never remained the same for as long as he lived, Hosea 12:5.
He wrestled with God. He was injured in the wrestle, yet he did not give up until he was blessed.
To wrestle till daybreak is no joke. It is the height of a heart that is determined to win with God and men. It is an act that results in "an effectual prayer.....", ref James 5:16
He knew that he was not wrestling a man, but God Himself. Jacob names the place where the wrestle happened, “Peniel” which means “Face of God”, Gen 32:30.
Jacob secured an injury, his hip was dislocated, and will no longer walk normally ( probably on unparalleled legs). He will be dependent on the strength from God. He will now rely on God rather than his own strength and schemes.
His name changed to Israel...he now has power with God and with men he prevailed, Gen 32:28, 35:10.
Though disabled, he was enabled and became able.
God shaped his life through his disability.
Jacob's struggle with God explains our struggles. We cannot prevail over God but through the struggles, we go through with Him in the place of prayer, we will overcome men.
Call to Word action
God shapes us through our challenges, Jer 31:9
The Christian clarion duty
God used Jacob’s wrestle to give Israel a purpose, Exd 4:22.
Lord, give my life meaning and purpose, in Jesus name.
Good morning all and have a blessed day.
God bless you.