9th day of Lent
Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.
And now, for tonight’s main event! In the blue corner, standing at seven feet tall and weighing 350 pounds, the reigning champion of the world, Killer Crush. And in the red corner, standing a whopping three feet tall and weighing just under 40 pounds, the challenger, Baby Bob.”
How long do you think that wrestling match is going to last? Honestly, if Killer Crush took it seriously, he could just step on the baby and end things instantly. And if you think about today’s scripture, that’s what it seems like what God could honestly have done to Jacob in their all-night wrestling match. But Jacob – who at that point in his life was at least in his 60s – wouldn’t let go of the Lord. He held on for dear life, insisting that the Lord give Him a blessing.
Even after God put Jacob’s hip out of socket, the elderly Jacob wouldn’t let go until he received a blessing. In the process, Jacob truly earned the Lord’s respect.
Have you ever felt like you were wrestling with God about something? If you know that what you’re seeking is truly something of God, don’t give up. Keep seeking the Lord and don’t give up. In the long run, you’ll only earn His respect for holding on to Him in spite of any trouble that may come your way.
Today, search your heart and place the things that are most important to you in front of Him. Even if you have to wrestle with Him, don’t let go. Keep praying to God with all of your might until He gives you an answer, whether it’s yes, no or wait.
Reflection copyright © 2017 Doug DeBolt.
Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.