And He said, Let Me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. Genesis 32:26 (KJV)
The LORD is speaking to Jacob. Jacob has hold of the Man with whom he is wrestling. Now it is an awkward thing to think that a man could wrestle with God. How can we do that? Can we do that? Jacob did, and God was in the likeness of a Man. Think on this… Jacob met Jesus the Son of God, God the Son before He became a baby in a manger. Not only did Jacob meet Jesus but he wrestled with Him.
Jacob would not let Him go. What were the results of Jacob not letting go?
- The Lord changed Jacob’s name to Israel – from supplanter to prince of God…
- He had power with God…
- God blessed him.
As a result of this wrestling match with God, he walks away with a limp. There are always consequences of wrestling with God which will be evident to all who know you.
Do we wrestle with God? To answer that question I will ask another; Do we pray? If we are praying for a solution, a godly solution to a troubling situation, and of which there is no given answer from the Bible, then, we will often struggle with Him over it. Do you struggle with God in prayer over an evil man or woman bound by their sins? You pray for them but to no avail, it seems. Their evil just seems to get more aggravating and agitating and you are asking, “How much longer do I have to put up with this?”
We wrestle with God over legalities and what is right or is it wrong; even if it is legal.
Do we spend enough time with God for Him to say, “Let Me go”? Jacob wrestled with the Lord all night it seems. How earnest am I in my praying? Not enough so. May I be more earnest in my praying, and always pray to do God’s will and not my own.