I started wrestling a few years ago.
Spiritually that is.
I’d heard a teaching about Jacob (who’d wrestled with God all night) that his wrestling wasn’t good. Because of the fight, he limped for the rest of his life.
But I can’t agree with that opinion.
Personally, I think [tweetability]God really loves wrestlers, and Jacob’s story proves this.[/tweetability]
After wrestling all night with God, Jacob became “Israel”.
Jacob’s name meant “deceiver”. Which was exactly what he was in the beginning of his life. He deceived his father, Isaac, who gave him Esau’s blessing. But he was a changed man when he went to the mats with God, and God changed him even more.
When we wrestle with God, there is no room for pretension. He see’s our frustration, our anger, our confusion, our reliance on him. Jacob was wrestling for the blessing. He knew he couldn’t go any farther in his own strength and will. He wrestled with God until the Lord touched him.
If they were wrestling, you would assume that God and Jacob were making physical contact already, but this touch from God was specific. It was life changing. Jacob would never be the same. And neither would his name.
He became “Israel” which means, “he struggles with God.”
Who are God’s chosen people?
The wrestler, Jacob, became the father of God’s favorite people. . . the people from whom the Messiah would come.
So, what does it look like to wrestle with an invisible God in the year 2015?
I wrestle after a heartache or disappointment, a confusing word from a friend or a verse in the Bible that doesn’t sit right in my spirit. I say something like this: (Usually on my knees if circumstances allow.)
“Show me, God. Help me understand. What is your plan in all of this confusion or pain or suffering? Give me your blessing. I can’t go on without your touch, your wisdom, your conviction.”
And my spirit wrestles. I push hard. He can take it. I petition over and over.
Don’t let go until you experience His touch. His release.
When I ask God to bless me, it isn’t a request for earthly wealth. That wasn’t Jacob’s request either. He was wealthy already.
Jacob was asking to be right with God–to walk in God’s blessing.
I wrestle with God when something doesn’t feel right, when I feel separated from Him.
Press your cheek against His arm. Feel the sweat on His skin. Wrestle.
You may limp when you’re done, but you will limp away blessed and changed, closer to God. You’ll never be the same.
Do you need to wrestle with God? Go to the mats.
With a good limp,