WANNA WRESTLE? …WITH GOD?
The story of Jacob wrestling with God in Genesis 32 has got to be one of the most intriguing stories in the entire Bible. For me it poses far more questions than answers:
- Who exactly did Jacob wrestle with?
- Was it a man? Was it an angel? Was it God Himself?
- If it was indeed God, why couldn’t He overpower Jacob?
- Why did the “man” (or God) dislocate Jacob’s hip?
- Why did the “man” (or God) have to all of a sudden leave because it was daybreak?
- Why did the “man” (or God) ask Jacob’s name?
- Why did the “man” (or God) change Jacob’s name?
I don’t know that I have any solid answers to the above questions. But, think about it…the story is about a human being wrestling with God. Physically. Grappling. You have to admit, that’s intriguing, isn’t it?
The most captivating part of this account comes in verse 26 which says, Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” Read that again…“I will not let you go unless you bless me.” Picture the scene. If Jacob was wrestling with God (which is a natural assumption based on verse 30 when he says, “I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared”), then it’s almost as if Jacob is clinging to God here. God wants Jacob to let Him go, but Jacob is desperately holding on to God for all he’s worth. There is something that Jacob urgently and frantically wants (or perhaps needs) from God. And he’s not going to let God go unless he gets it.
This is the question that stops me in my tracks. What do I desperately want from God? Not just what do I want from God…but what do I desperately want from God? And a natural follow-up question is what am I clinging to Him for? What is it that I am clinging to God for in such a way that I will not let go?
In Jacob’s wrestling with, clinging to, and desperation for a blessing from God, he got it. God blessed Jacob right there on the spot.
Are we wrestling with God in prayer?
Are we clinging to God by faith?
Are we desperately believing He will answer?
What do you desperately want from God?