Now he arose that same night and took his two wives and his two maids and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream. And he sent across whatever he had. Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When he saw that he had not prevailed against him, he touched the socket of his thigh; so the socket of Jacob’s thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking.” But he said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; (Israel means He strives with God or God strives) for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked him and said, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And he blessed him there. So Jacob named the place Peniel, (which means “the face of God) for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been preserved.” Genesis 32:22-30 NASB
Have you ever wrestled with God?
You may not think you have but every believer has wrestled with God. We all experienced the struggle to admit we are sinners before a perfect, Holy God. We wrestled with and still wrestle with the control of our lives. We struggle with the idea of complete surrender to an all-trustworthy God. We wrestle with the commands of God to be obedient to His word, His will. Let us be like Jacob and continue to wrestle, persistently in prayer, until the blessing comes.
Wrestle: to contend, as in a struggle for mastery; grapple
Remember [fervently] the word and promise to Your servant, in which You have caused me to hope. This is my comfort and consolation in my affliction: that Your word has revived me and given me life. — Psalm 119:49-50 When I have [earnestly] recalled Your ordinances from of old, O Lord, I have taken comfort. — Psalm 119:52
Where do you turn to for comfort? Your best friend? Mom? Dad? Brother? Sister?
The Psalmist here prays to God for comfort. He reminds God to remember (or was he reminding himself) His word and promises given to him, His servant. “Your word causes me to hope”. For those with no hope, there is no comfort.
God’s word is able to comfort and revive. It gives life. The Word encourages, inspires, guides, and gives us hope. It tells of a faithful friend who is always there for us, listens to all we have to share with Him — our pains, struggles, anger, hurt, as well as our joys, triumphs, and dreams. He gives us life.
Go to Jesus first. He knows what you need and when you seek comfort He finds just the right way and time to bring you comfort. It may be with a phone call or a visit from a friend. He cares for you more than anyone you will ever know. Let us trust Him with our lives and He will bless it. We will be comforted.
My Name is Yanira Vargas. I am a Senior at Washington State University. I love all things expression and creative. I was in a relationship with my childhood best friend of 4 years, who happens to have had passed away with stage 3 brain cancer. I still believe in God, and in the beauty of mircles. Join me and embark on this journey with me.