Tag: #Iwontletgo

Jacob Wrestling with God

Jacob Wrestling with God

Together with kindness and in understanding, let’s take this time to self reflect. I am here to inspire, encourage, and remind you that God has given us the most important weapon we have to fight the enemy, his Word.

Now let us dress our soul like we dress our bodies, EVERYDAY!

I Will Not Let Go Unless You Bless Me!

“And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!” So He said to him, “What is your name?” He said, “Jacob.” And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed. Genesis 32:26-28 NKJV

To know Jacob’s story is to know that his life was one of struggles. He was a man full of fear and anxieties. At a central point in his life, he was about to meet his brother Esau, who had vowed to kill him. All of his fears were about to be realized, Tired of the ill treatment by his father-in-law he fled to Laban only to encounter his brother Esau. Hoping to pacify his brother he concocted a bribe and sent gifs with women and children across the river. At that point he was tired and alone in the desert wilderness, feeling powerless to control his fate. He collapsed into a deep sleep.

That night there was an angelic stranger who visited Jacob. They wrestled through the night until daybreak. He was crippled by a blow to his hip that disabled him with a limp for the rest of his life. It was then that Jacob realized what had happened: “I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.” (Genesis 32:30) In this process Jacob the deceiver received a new name, Israel which means to struggle with God.

What do you think friends? When you feel like you can’t go on any further, the wind of God keeps you moving toward your goals. When you don’t know how, God is right there providing tools and the right people to speak into your life now. Could you recognize your own struggles through Jacob?  Through this story I could feel the Fear, darkness, loneliness, vulnerability, powerless, tired, and his aching heart.

What we learn out of conflict is the gift of God to receive transformation and freedom. This is our ability to endure, exercise our faith, and take courage. At the end of the day we must do what Jacob did and that is not to let go until the Lord blesses us. The Word reminds me, weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” I encourage you to hold on to God’s unchanging hand.

Remember we are each others keeper and the only time we should be looking down on someone is when we are helping them up.