It is a rare thing to be able to wrestle with God and survive. Jacob had spent a lifetime following God but wrestling along the way. He helped God out every chance he could. So as he returned to Canaan, to meet his brother, he knew that he had run out of options. He sent gifts, moved his family and in the night-alone, he wrestled one last time. In that match, God changed him—he changed his name from deceiver-to-Chosen one, he crippled him so he could no longer run, and he blessed him by allowing him to face God and live.
We have to come to a point in our lives where we face God, stop running and alone with him submit. When we submit, he will begin to shape us and conform us into his image, his chosen children. We no longer control the plan; but, we rest in him and enjoy his execution. Then we can agree that he is God and we are not—we can smile knowing we have seen him and been allowed to live. We simply, in the quiet of our dey bow our head and submit to his leadership. Thanks Lord, for you are the leader.
God Bless You
22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 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.”
29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”
But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.
30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”