Wrestling with God

“Then the man said,’ Let me go, for it is daybreak.’  But Jacob relied, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.’ ”  Genesis 32:26

Suggested Reading: Genesis 32:22-32

When was the last time you wrestled with someone?  How long were you able to keep on wrestling before you got tired?  I don’t know about you, but after a few minutes of intense wrestling with my brother I was spent.  In this story Jacob wrestles with a man for the entire night.  You have to realize that Jacob was ninety-seven years old at this point in his life.  He was quite a spry old guy for his age not to mention that the man that is referred to in this story is an angel of the Lord.  This story may seem very strange to you; however, it gives us some valuable insight into our own walk with God.


First of all, we need to look at the type of person that Jacob was.  He was a tenacious man who was very persistent.  He did not sit back and let life just happen; he set out to make his own life.  Jacob was a very proud man that saw what he wanted and went after it.   Many of us do this in our own lives by trying to force the will of God.  We know what we want in life and what we want God to do for us.  Jacob was no different than us.  He wanted a blessing from God and wrestled with him until he received one.  God gave him a valuable lesson when he touched Jacob’s hip and caused it to pop out of its socket.  By doing this God shows us that we must be broken before we can be blessed.  We have to humble ourselves and submit ourselves before God before he will bless us.  We have to admit that we are sinners and put or hope and trust in God completely just as Jacob did by holding on to Him and not letting go.

The second thing that we can learn from this is that Jacob spent time alone with God.  In fact he spent a whole night with Him.  We must set aside time alone with God in prayer and devotions, listening to him and praying for blessing and strength.  Submit yourself completely to God, put on your seatbelt and let Him be in the driver’s seat of your life.  The possibilities are endless.

Pray: Lord, help me spend more time with you in my life.  Take my broken life and use me to further your kingdom today for “Not my will, but thine be done.”

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About Mac DeBoer

Mac DeBoer is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. He and his family are members of South Blendon Reformed Church in Hudsonville, MI. Mac is an active member and has served as a Consistory member, Youth Leader, Sunday School teacher and website administrator. He is a happily married father of three boys and enjoys bowhunting and other outdoor activities in Northern Michigan.
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