This got me to thinking about the idea of wrestling with God. I wonder how many unbelievers are wrestling with God and don’t even know it. Could it be that He is trying to reveal Himself to them, but they keep fighting Him so as not to surrender their wills to His?
More intriguing of a thought is believers wrestling with God. When I choose fear instead of faith, am I wrestling with God? When I choose worry over trust, are we wrestling? When I seek my own way, or my own provision, are we entangled in a power struggle?
The story in Genesis got me to thinking about the idea that we can choose to wrestle and fight God, or we can choose to walk peacefully with Him. We can go our own way, or in His wisdom. A few Scripture verses came to mind that I wanted to share with you. I pray that you are blessed as we realize the treasure we have in our Almighty God who sent His only Son to die in our place so that we could call him friend. When you are feeling helpless and alone, remember that you have a God who desires to not only walk by your side, but to lead you into His perfect will for your life. The choice is ours.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. ~Proverbs 3:5-6
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. ~Psalm 119:105
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying,
"This is the way; walk in it." Isaiah 30:21
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. ~3 John 1:4
For the times we do wrestle with God, for whatever reason, let us not remain unchanged. Like Jacob, let us learn from our experiences with God, and be transformed. In the New Testament, we have an example of Peter’s name being changed to “rock”, not because Peter was a rock, but because God knew his potential. May we all wrestle with God just enough that we are changed by His grace.
Lord, that by Your grace we would learn to walk in Your ways rather than struggling with you for our own. Amen.