Wednesday Evening, February 3, 2016

Holding on to God

Genesis 32:22-30 ~ “And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two women servants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok. And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had. And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
God does wrestle with us.
Two points about God’s part in the wrestling experience.
1. God was working (wrestling) with Jacob to bring Jacob’s will under subjection to God’s will.
  • Have you ever been crippled in life? Brought low? Been helpless and powerless?
  • This those times we need to have such desperation to get alone with God and pour out our soul!
2. Jacob’s crippling and his limp were to be a reminder of his own inadequacy. He is always going to need to trust God for deliverance.
When we realize we cannot deliver ourselves, we will get along with God and learn two ultimate truths.
1. We are, in the final analysis, ultimately dependent upon God (both here on earth and in death.)
2. We cannot face the world and its dangers in the strength of the flesh only.
Pastor Andy Lambert

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