2008-03-18 - Wrestling with Problems
Jacob and Esau had a lot of bad blood between them. Jacob had taken advantage of his brother's hunger and purchased the birthright that belonged to Esau. Then he pretended to be his brother to steal the blessing that belonged to Esau. Jacob fled fearing for his life. Years later, he began once again to fear for his life in the place he was living and decided to return to his homeland but Esau was still there. This made Jacob a little more than nervous. Again, Jacob feared for his life. He had no land; he had no home. His brother may well take his family and all his possessions from him. It is here that we find Jacob in chapter 32
Genesis 32:22-28 And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok. 23 And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had. 24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. 25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. 26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. 27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. 28 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.
As I thought on this story several days ago, it occurred to me that Jacob had a lot on his mind. Life was not going very well for him. He had some big problems he had to deal with. His in-laws hated him and felt he had wronged them. His brother wanted him dead. He had no home. He was in a bad place.
You too may be going through a lot right now; if you are, consider the story of Jacob. He was in a bad spot about to go up to his brother and get his butt kicked or worse - he and his whole family might be slaughtered. He was scared and hurting but then he ran into God. Jacob grabbed hold of God and wrestled him all night long. He refused to let go without a blessing. He got a busted leg for it but he also got a blessing. I don't know if this will make sense to you or not but I'd challenge you to grab hold of God as tight as you can and wrestle with him until you get a blessing and know without a doubt that he is there for you. Wrestle with God and let him wrestle with your problems.
He is there for you. If you were the only sinner ever born, Jesus still would have come and died just for you. God still would have made himself become mortal just for you. He will bless you. I do not mean it in the prosperity gospel cheesy materialistic kind of way either but in the real peace and comfort kind of way. Sometimes the peace of being held in his arms is greater than anything else he could choose to bless us with. That peace of just being securely held and loved is bigger and better than any problems; it truly passes all understanding.
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted