“So Jacob was left alone, and a Man [came and] wrestled with him until daybreak. When the Man saw that He had not prevailed against Jacob, He touched his hip joint; and Jacob’s hip was dislocated as he wrestled with Him. Then He said, “Let Me go, for day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let You go unless You declare a blessing on me.” So He asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” And He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked Him, “Please tell me Your name.” But He said, “Why is it that you ask My name?” And He declared a blessing [of the covenant promises] on Jacob there. So Jacob named the place Peniel (the face of God), saying, “For I have seen God face to face, yet my life has not been snatched away.” Now the sun rose on him as he passed Penuel (Peniel), and he was limping because of his hip.”
GENESIS 32:24-31 AMP https://www.bible.com/bible/1588/gen.32.24-31.amp
My teen years were during the late 90’s-2000’s and I couldn’t help but thinking of an old band I used to listen to when I read this.
(I’ll leave it to the reader to figure that out.)
But what God showed me in this,
is that We all have a limp somewhere-
as we’ve wrestled with God and Man.
Now some religious folk may snarl at the thought of wrestling with God, but if Jacob did, then its highly likely that you and I are candidates.
Let’s be real. We wrestle with God.
We wonder, we ask, we contemplate.
Whether or Not what we are experiencing is coming from God or man?
And We definitely struggle with man.
Are they telling the Truth? Are they for me or against me?
Yes- the Limp
That place of pain-
where we want blessed by God,
we want a breakthrough of what we know can only come from Him-
then when He does, finally bless us,
It leaves a mark.
(Ok, so I wrote that last part and then the Holy Spirit corrected me.
We no longer have to wait for God to bless us,
He HAS blessed us…
according to Ephesians
¶ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:)
The struggle is what leaves a mark.
A piece of the Father’s table for the hurting.
Or the hungry.
That’s what your limp is all about.
It tells a story.
Your place of pain that left a limp.. feed someone with it.
Offer them a biscuit of Truth about the reality of God.
Jesus Provided what happened with Jacob to happen to us.
He paid for the Blessing, and once we receive it by faith,
despite the struggle,
we can then do what God’s Heart is for us to do-with it-
Be a Blessing.
What has God delivered you from?
Share your biscuit.