Jacob wrestled with the angel of the Lord through the night. ‘I will not let you go until you bless me!’ he said.
Morning came and Jacob walked away with a limp, changed for ever by His encounter. But He also walked away with His blessing and with a new name – ‘Israel’. His name would become the crown of the nation most blessed by the most High.
By Heather Djunga
Do you find yourself in the dark?
Maybe you have prayed and prayed for breakthrough and can’t see it but don’t give up just yet. In fact, do the opposite. It’s ok to be, as I shall call it #gatvol…
You know that feeling. When you want to put a #gatvol behind the pictures and posts you put online.
You might be a bit angry suddenly seeing injustices around you, or confused as to which direction to take, or disillusioned by something which you know isn’t as it should be. Or maybe you are like the woman with the issue of the blood in scripture who had tried everything and was still bleeding. The doctors can’t help you. The medical reports aren’t good.
Now imagine this. She’s #gatvol and then she hears the news Jesus will be passing by. This will require everything from her… a determined decision to force her way through to Jesus, to be a nuisance if needs be, to wrestle for her answer – because that longing, that frustration, that hunger in her, God Himself has permitted.
He’s been waiting for this moment I bet when the bleeding woman, having had enough, forces her way to Him. Jesus feels the surge of power leave Him to rest on her as her fingertips touch His hem. What an act of faith!
What I like about the story of Jacob wrestling the angel of the Lord, is that Jacob didn’t wrestle for His answer outside of the Lord. He could have been angry with people, or taken things into his own hands but He knew where his blessing lay.
And so he forced his way into the throne room of Heaven, knowing he and his people had a covenant with God and that if he persisted, even as the persistent widow of Luke 18, that he would get his answer.
If you find yourself in the ‘night time’ today, this isn’t the time to shrink back. Rather, it’s a call for ridiculous faith. A call to pull out all the stops in your praise. To lift up tired hands and to dig into the depths of His Word and search for Him in the stillness of your night. To surrender it all to Him. Simply because He’s your answer. He’s God.
He is there and His word has never changed.
God will keep His promises to you. Like Jacob, you have a covenant with Him and by His blood you have overcome. Isaiah 54 says He won’t forget His covenant with you.
Push towards Him, press through and reach out to His hem.
“And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:7-8)
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