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Why do we wrestle?

“That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maidservants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 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. Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”
But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

The man asked him, “What is your name?”
“Jacob,” he answered.

Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.”

Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”
But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.

So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”

The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip.”

Genesis 32:22-31

Jacob wrestled with God, and it was a stalemate. Not because God could not overpower him, but because he chose not to overpower him. When Jacob was touched by God, his hip was wrenched, and he walked with a limp the rest of his days.
Do you wrestle with God?

I know that many times in my life, daily almost, I wrestle with God. I cannot say why, I know that it is futile, that I will lose every time, but I do it anyway.

This blog has not been updated in quite some time. I was too busy wrestling.

My Bible study has not been consistent. I was too busy wrestling.

My desire to reach other for Christ has diminished. I was too busy wrestling.

My participation in a Christian outreach group has declined. I was too busy wrestling.

I know that I will lose the wrestling match, yet I continue to wrestle. Are you as stubborn as I am?

Jacob was touched by God. His life changed permanently. I have been touched by Chris, and my life changed permanently.

Why do we wrestle? Is it:

  • Stubborn pride?
  • Desire for the old me?
  • Desire for control?
  • Desire to blend in?

I wish I knew the answer. Someday, I will. Until then, I will try not to wrestle, but I make no promises.

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