Wrestling with God

Genesis 31:17-32:32; Psalm 13

“Blessed in the man who does not fall away on account of me.” -Matthew 11:6

 

Jacob wrestles with the angel of the Lord. His life choices are questionable at times. But here’s the good news: God still uses imperfect people to glorify Himself and He blesses them. The Lord intervenes to protect Jacob and his family from Laban, then Jacob pleads for God to intervene in his encounter with Esau. He has not fallen away from the God of his fathers but actively seeks an audience with the Lord in prayer. Jacob acknowledges God by honoring His presence and holiness (Genesis 32:30).

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God invites us to come to Him and cry out like David in Psalm 13, “How long, O Lord?” We wrestle with our fears, sorrows, sinful habits, and situations beyond our control. Through these valleys our Father blesses us with His Presence in the form of Scripture, prayer, the Holy Spirit and our family in Christ. He equips us so we can go to Him honestly with our struggles, while professing belief in His Sovereign Goodness with the next breath. We can say “this is hard, but I trust you anyway”.

God teaches us in our weakness demonstrating His power, goodness and faithfulness. He will use your circumstances to encourage and refine your spirit. Wait on Him, lean on His strength for today.

“But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” -2 Corinthians 12:9

Grace upon grace,

April

 

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