Persistent Wrestling

January 21, 2014 — 5 Comments
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“So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man.”
Genesis 32:24-25

Jacob’s persistence in wrestling this man until he was blessed amazes me.

A man (or really, an angel) appears out of no where and begins wrestling with Jacob. We aren’t told why Jacob wrestles this angel, only that he does. And he continues to do so throughout the night.

No sleep.
No rest.
No taking a break even after his hip was wrenched.

Jacob wrestled like a mad man on a mission.

I’m sure at some point during this WWE-like wrestling match, Jacob wanted to give up.

He had been traveling all day long.
He had just crossed a river with his wives and kids.
It was the early hours of the morning.
The angel showed no signs of relenting or weakening.
His hip was wrenched.
He was in pain.
He was most likely hungry, tired, and wondering if this match was worth it.

But he continued.
He pushed past the pain and fear and doubt.
And was blessed because of it.

The angel not only blessed Jacob, but he changed Jacob’s whole identity. He was no longer Jacob the deceiver. He was Israel, Triumphant with God.

And for generations later, the children of God were known as Israelites, not Jacobites.
His persistence impacted people for centuries.

Oftentimes, the blessings we desire from God don’t come easy.

They happen only after we’ve wrestled, fought, persisted through the long, tiring night on the verge of giving up.

In the midst of the pain, in the midst of the heartache, in the midst of the struggle, doubt, and fear, God shows up and pours out a blessing that not only impacts our lives, but the lives of those for generations to come.

Don’t give up.
Keep wrestling even when your hip gets wrenched and you don’t see any hope in sight.

You’re closer to your blessing than you know.

Question: Where do you need to keep wrestling to see a blessing in your life?

Jason Vana

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Jason is an imaginative leader with a heart to ignite younger generations to impact the world for Christ. He currently lives in Monmouth, Illinois, and oversees Ignite Student Ministries - a dynamic ministry to ignite youth, young adults and university students to passionately pursue Christ and transform society in high schools, work places and universities around the world.
  • Loren Pinilis

    Great post, Jason. What a great reminder. Jacob went all night long – and sometimes that may be what it takes for us as well.

    • Jason Vana

      I tend to give up too easily – or just before the persistence is about to pay off. Jacob’s story is a constant reminder to keep going.

  • Dan Black

    When trying to get a job with the County I had several different skills tests and interviews before getting a position. My perseverance paid off. Great thoughts!

    • Jason Vana

      I’m glad it paid for you! How is the new job treating you?

      • Dan Black

        It’s going well, just busy with all the training I have to go through.