Tuesday – Pentateuch
Reading – Genesis 31-32
“Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.””
Genesis 32:26 NLT
I can’t tell you how many times that was spoken to me as a kid. I can’t recall a single time that I said it to someone else.
Maybe the saying should be, “Say a blessing.”
There has been much theological debate about this passage.
Was it Jesus that Jacob was wrestling? If he really was wrestling with God, why didn’t the all powerful God just beat him?
I think those questions miss the point. Jacob absolutely refused to quit wrestling with God until he got God’s blessing.
I believe it is in God’s nature to allow His children to wrestle with him.
Maybe not physically. But He lets us come to him with our tough questions, bad situations, and even our bad attitudes.
Of course, those attitudes are likely to get adjusted. Like Jacob’s hip, God is will adjust our attitude in ways that can be just as painful.
In the end, we walk (or limp) away with at least a blessing and sometimes a whole new identity.
What have you been wrestling with God about lately?
Are you tenaciously seeking God’s blessing and His identity for you during this time?