Wrestling with God
Today’s Scripture Selection: Genesis 32:27
“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.’”
It must have been quite a wrestling match – this one between Jacob and God or perhaps God’s angel.
In the end, it resulted in a name change – and even more.
It resulted in blessing and the continued formation of a destiny which has touched the whole world. Jacob became Israel – and the rest is, literally, history. The end of the story is still to be written.
In our own wrestling with God, and our own struggling with others, we are on a similar spiritual journey.
Sometimes we prevail, sometimes we don’t, but the struggle always means something. I wonder if, sometimes, we fail to see the significance of the wrestling matches as they come and go.
I know that in my own spiritual growth there have been times when I have felt in mortal combat with God. Other times I have felt in similar combat with the devil. Still other times I have wrestled with family or friends or even with myself.
Each significant struggle has resulted in some learning though, some progress made.
It doesn’t sound like a particularly faithful thing to do – wrestle with God – but somehow I wonder if that is not how, in the end, we grow into the children He wants us to be.