By Evan Amon
We find Jacob, the grandson of Abraham, in the same place we often find ourselves in this broken world. Jacob is trapped, surrounded by his brother’s army. Esau, Jacob’s brother, had been following him for years ever since Jacob had stolen his birthright. Jacob, now with a family and fortune of his own, can no longer continue to run. He realizes that the next morning he will have to face his brother and ask for forgiveness. Then this happens:
24 And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.”28 Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.”29 Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. 30 So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.”
In his time of most dire need, Jacob wrestled with God. We Christians have this same wrestle with God. Often, many believe that they have to be okay with everything God does in their life, and they think that being happy in every single hardship is the only way God will truly accept them. But Jacob shows us that God blesses us even when we wrestle with him. He simply wants to converse with us and guide us through our daily lives and hardships. I also think it is important to uncover that the second Jacob came close to his brother, he embraced him and forgave him. So ask yourself, how can I wrestle with God today? What things do I not understand that I could confess to him? Take time in prayer to wrestle with him.