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Wrestle with God


Jacob was a born wrestler. He wrestled with his twin brother in the womb. He was born holding onto his ankle (Genesis 25:22, 26). He wrestled away his brother’s birthright for a pot of stew. He wrestled away the blessing from their father Isaac for the prime inheritance.
Then, Jacob wrestled with a man all night (Genesis 32:22-32). And the man, seeing that Jacob kept on wrestling, touched his hip and dislocated it. But, Jacob would not give up until the man gave him a blessing. Even more, the man changed Jacob’s name to Israel (“He wrestles with God”).
The saints of the faith wrestled with God. They went to the Lord in prayer with petitions for people who suffered in body, soul and mind. They still wrestle with God. Perhaps someone is wrestling for you right now.
Do you wrestle with God? Some people try to ignore God and go their merry way doing whatever they please to do. But, God cannot be ignored. He is the creator and we, being mortal creatures, will have to wrestle with Him one day whether we like it or not.
Or, would you prefer to wrestle with evil spiritual forces who wish to do you harm? (Ephesians 6:12) Wrestling with them without the protection of the Lord Jesus Christ is futile. Evil will win.
The Lord Jesus Christ has won victory for all who hold onto Him through faith. He wrestled until His work was finished – by His death on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins.
Go ahead, wrestle with God. Be blessed. He is the victor who loves you, protects you and saves you unto eternal life. “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!” Amen.

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