You may have been fighting everything in your life, refusing to submit to the countless breaking moments that God had allowed to break you. When will you come to realize that in your weakness, He is and will always be your consistent strength? The result of brokenness is blessing. So do not grab blessings, grab on to God! Yearn to encounter the GOD of Jacob and be changed forever when you have a face-to-face encounter with Him.
Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, LORD, you who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper, ‘I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two camps. Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children. But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.’” 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 humans 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.
- GENESIS 32:9-12, 24-32
New International Version
We consistently learn about how God uses ordinary people for His extraordinary purpose. GOD graciously used flawed characters with a lot of imperfections in their lives to accomplish His greater purpose. The process though which he did this is called BROKENNESS – which leads to a deep dependence on God. It’s like the art of sculpting where a master artist uses different instruments to create a masterpiece from a block of stone or marble. The artist carefully and skillfully applies just the right instrument and pressure to come up with the image on his mind. GOD is the same with us. Many times, when GOD breaks someone, pain is involved. Still, we can be confident that He is at work and He will be faithful to complete and perfect it (Philippians 1:6). Let’s look at one of Israel’s patriarchs, JACOB. His name means a “deceiver”, “grabber”, or “supplanter” and Jacob had to learn from all his experiences that God had a better destiny for him than what his name suggests. The LORD used various people in Jacob’s colorful life to break him out of grabbing at God’s blessings and learn to grab on to God instead. God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.
Can you relate to Jacob being a “grabber”?
Setting It Right.
Are you wrestling with God regarding something? Maybe He is giving you a command that you keep on delaying to follow. Or maybe you have hardened your heart about something? What area will you prayerfully commit to obey Him in — ASAP?
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Taken at San Fernando City, La Union Philippines
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