Thursday, March 18, 2010

Wrestle


Think, question, seek, doubt, get angry, pray, ponder, test, probe, cry, give up. It’s OK. That’s the only way we’re going to really KNOW God. He’s infinite! He’s almighty, all-powerful, all-knowing! Does that sound easy to understand?

After wrestling with God, we’ll gain more knowledge, more experiences. Ultimately that will lead to truly knowing God. Which will lead to understanding God, loving God, living God.

In Genesis 32 Jacob literally wrestles with God. A man came and fought with Jacob early in the morning before the sun was up. After fighting for quite a while, this man knew he couldn’t win, so he used his heavenly power and struck Jacob on the hip, which threw it out of joint. “They kept on wrestling until the man said, ‘Let go of me! It’s almost daylight.’ ‘You can’t go until you bless me,’ Jacob replied. Then the man asked, ‘What is your name?’ ‘Jacob,’ he answered. The man said, ‘Your name will no longer be Jacob. You have wrestled with God and with men, and you have won. That’s why your name will be Israel.’ Jacob said, ‘Now tell me your name.’ ‘Don’t you know who I am?’ he asked. And he blessed Jacob. Jacob said, ‘I have seen God face to face, and I am still alive.’ So he named the place Peniel (which means “face of God”). He was limping because he had been struck on the hip, and the muscle on his hip joint had been injured.”

Yeah, when we wrestle with God we’re going to get injured. It’s exhausting and sometimes it might hurt. We’ll walk away with a limp. Some people have no limp, because they have never wrestled. The ones who have, have encountered an indescribable experience with the living God. The ones that have will grow, get stronger, trust, learn, live.

Reap the benefits.

Wrestle.

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