Reflection on Genesis 32:22-31

Scripture

Jacob named the place Peniel (which means “face of God”) for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been spared.”

Observation

Jacob prepares to meet with his brother Esau, sending his wives, sons and possessions across the river ahead of him.

During the night, a man comes and wrestles with Jacob until dawn. The man touches Jacob’s hip, dislocating it, but Jacob holds on to him.

Jacob demands the man’s blessing. The man responds by changing his name from Jacob (deceiver) to Israel (“God fights”) because Jacob has fought with God and man.

From that day, Jacob walks with a limp. The people of Israel do not eat the tendon near the hip, in memory of this.

Application

Jacob was a trickster and a deceiver. Here, he wrestles with God to secure a blessing from Him. Ironically, Jacob already had all the blessing he needed from God, so his struggle is in vain.

Jacob needed to stop fighting and scheming and learn to trust the Lord and submit to Him.

Many people spend years struggling against God only to find that it wasn’t necessary. We don’t need to fight against a God who has given everything for us.

Prayer

Father God, forgive me for resisting your purposes in my life. I surrender myself to you now and declare the fighting is over. Amen.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s