Dear friends in Christ,
With Jacob at the Jabbbok (Genesis 32)
When we are called upon to wrestle with a situation in our lives, that experience can at first be overwhelming. The normalcy of life has been shifted to an unknown and the former stability has been shaken with a yet to determined new situation in life. The simple truth is, we don’t like it.
We move through life expecting that the way things are is the way that they should be and we should be able to determine the bumps and detours along the way. Yet, nothing could be further from the truth. We only think that we are in charge.
The life of Jacob had always been run on his terms, as deceptive and often manipulative as they often were. The day came when he had to face the consequences of all that he had attempted to control throughout his life. He tried one last desperate measure to end up on the good side, then he was alone waiting to see the results. While he waited, he wrestled with God. In that wrestling he found a closeness that had been missing from his life. He even received a new name. There was a consequence – he was left with a limp, but all that manipulation and deception was finally behind him. He could now live a life of freedom.
When you find yourselves alone and in the middle of the struggle, remember that you are not alone. God is with you. In that struggle, hold on to God and know that He loves you so much, even when you may feel no one else cares. Even when you feel that perhaps you are getting the consequences as a result of your life. God will use all of that to His glory and your good. Just don’t give up! At day break he will still be there with you.