Have you ever wrestled with God? Jacob did, literally.
Today's scripture reading takes us to the journey that Jacob was on to go meet Esau. Jacob was dreading the meeting and actually was full of fear and despair.
Has that ever happened to you? Instead of faith, you wrestled with fear and anxiety?
God didn't just appear to Jacob on this particular night in a vision or a dream; He addressed Jacobs fears by making him wrestle all night. As he tossed and turned and fought back, Jacob ended up with a blessing from God and so much more...Jacob received renewed strength.
Sometimes when we want God’s comfort, He will send it in unexpected ways. It is very important that we remember those times in our life when God reveals Himself to us in special (and sometimes unexpected) ways.
We may not have a permanent limp in our walk like Jacob to remind us of our wrestlings with God, but we must not forget God's faithfulness and blessing to us, so when difficulties come, we can stand strong and face our fears.
"So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared." (Genesis 32:30)
Jacob faced his fear and he never forgot his face to face encounter with the Lord. May we never forget ours.
TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: Genesis 32:22-34:31, Matthew 10:37-11:6, Psalm 14.