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“Jacob was left alone;
and a man wrestled with him until daybreak”
“Throwing the Match”
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Scripture: Genesis 32:22-31
Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.” 31 The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip
Ever since that first encounter of wills took place in the Garden of Eden, it has been a fundamental part of every human being to struggle against God’s will for us. We are probably able to see that in ourselves in a dozen different ways.
Here’s the thing, when we struggle with God, we win because the struggle changes us. No one can battle through the night with God and not be changed.
This is the good news for us: God struggles with us in the midst of our sinfulness and brokenness and not because of it. We win because God throws the match and on the cross, takes the loss.
God in Christ takes the loss on your behalf. For he who knew no sin, became sin on the cross. And then, by an empty tomb, in the morning light, declared you the winner.
When the long dark night is over, we learn that we were never alone, and never will be.
Even if we walk with a limp the rest of our days.
Questions to ponder or discuss:
This week be aware of how your engagement with God has changed you. If you are struggling with fear or anxiety, be aware that you are not alone, God promises to be there with you. And if possible, look for opportunities to be there for someone else in their own struggle. You may well be the answer to someone’s prayer.
See you in church!