Limping On

Genesis 32:24-28
24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 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. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”  But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered.  28 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.
Of Interest:
•  24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 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. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”
My Thoughts:
Somehow today’s little Old Testament snippet has become a jumble of far more questions than I would expect from just these four verses. Can questions be the application for my life today?
Does God wrestles with me at times?  Or is it myself who’s the “man” I am wrestling with: the “man” who is the God-placed Spirit within me?  Or is it both?  Does God make me aware of things in my life that are out of joint?  Could the wrestling be part of the blessing?  Can I hang on until I realize He has blessed me?  Is daybreak when the answer to my questions finally “dawn” on me?
Answer: God is at work!  He knows very well who he’s dealing with.  His plan is for me to overcome even if I have a little limp to show for it.  I think he’s telling me “You haven’t won yet, but I’m not done yet either. Keep wrestling, keep limping on!

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