Jacob had his own agenda and a habit of trying to get things done his own way. God, however, has His own timing and His own way of blessing us. Are you too busy with doing things the way you want that you can't see God opening up opportunities elsewhere?
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 32:24-32
New International Version
Notice that God orchestrated the circumstances so that Jacob would learn that the blessings he would receive later in life were not from his deceptive interference with his father’s blessing, but from the tough situation of Laban’s deception and being an object of jealousy by others around him. It was God who blessed Jacob and protected him throughout the years that he spent away from home.
God wants to bless you. But how can you be blessed when you are so busy with your agenda, with your activities, that you do not have time.
- PTR. Peter Tan-Chi
If we are so busy with our own agenda, then our blessings will be upheld because. We have no time to talk to God.
Heavenly Father, I Praise and Thank You for all what You’re doing in my life. I need more of Your Grace and Mercy for me to be able to stay closer to You and do the things that will Glorify Your name alone. In Jesus Mighty name, Amen.
Photos are mine and taken by me using my iPhone 4
Taken at San Fernando City, La Union Philippines
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