Hard to imagine but this passage shows Jacob doing so. I wonder if we can see times in our own lives where we can point it out?
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. Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” The man asked him, “What is your name?”“Jacob,” he answered. Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”
These verses are brimming with truth and purpose; not only for Jacob – but the future of Israel as God’s chosen people. Jacob’s identity in God hangs in the balance as this struggle unfolds. Through this re-defining moment, Jacob’s faith transforms into a loving dependence; the reality of who God has been, and will be for Him, breaks through and triumphs in his heart. After many years of doubt and fear after stealing his brother Esau’s birthright, blessing comes to him out of a midnight rumble with God. Armed with a limp and a name change, Jacob now owns that he is God’s chosen.
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.