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.
Dear Father in heaven,
I am so sorry for the ugly that is consuming this world. I am even more disturbed with the church in this late hour. Yet we cannot blame the church buildings filled with the believers that allow and accept the disgust and lack of real biblical truth creep onto the pews with each one. We are each to blame in one way or another. I pray Your word back to You Lord. I humbly ask You to have mercy on us, on this nation. We are not deserving of it. Begin a new work in each one of us who are your children, don’t give up on us but take us by the hand and raise us up.
Our Eyes Look to the Lord Our God
Psalm 123 A Song of Ascents.
To you I lift up my eyes,
O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
Behold, as the eyes of servants
look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maidservant
to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
till he has mercy upon us.
Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
for we have had more than enough of contempt.
Our soul has had more than enough
of the scorn of those who are at ease,
of the contempt of the proud.
Hear our prayers oh Lord and have mercy. In the precious name of Jesus I pray. Amen
Find 45 minutes to listen to this beautiful love story. When you listen go into your prayer room alone with Christ. Why you ask?
This love story told by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn sums up the entire bible. The entire love of our Savior.
*Your whole purpose.
*Your reason for your longing.
*Your heart will be filled with understanding.
So, if you have ever felt or currently feel any of the following….then I beg you to listen…..
*Not good enough?
*Searching, yet never finding that something that you cannot even put a name on?
*Depression seems to try to consume you?
*Angry and maybe you don’t even know why?
*Money is what you seek yet never is enough to fill the empty spot.
*You constantly buy something thinking it will fill the empty spot only to find that in 2 weeks or so the empty place returns yet again.
*You search for the place that you can feel you can finally belong? Yet, you still can’t find it. Search continues.
*Striving for perfection so you won’t be discarded?
*Trouble understanding the word of God and what He is trying to tell us through all of the different examples and parables.
If you know the Lord, you will love Him ALL the more after all of your deepest thoughts, known and unknown to you are revealed in a clearer picture. You will see all the love God has for all of us and the mystery of the bride and bridegroom tell us the beautiful story of the bible, the Holy Word of God written by men by the direction of the Holy Spirit. The bible is summed up here.
I pray you are as blessed as I was. I have listened to it 3 times this morning and know I will listen to it many more times in the future.
I am a little speechless. I had read this passage before and marked it. I seem to have a different view this time reading it. Could it be that it feels to familiar because of our recent and current headlines? Anyone else?
5 “Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.
6 I am raising up the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth to seize dwelling places not their own.
7 They are a feared and dreaded people; they are a law to themselves and promote their own honor.
8 Their horses are swifter than leopards, fiercer than wolves at dusk. Their cavalry gallops headlong; their horsemen come from afar. They fly like a vulture swooping to devour;
9 they all come bent on violence. Their hordes advance like a desert wind and gather prisoners like sand.
10 They deride kings and scoff at rulers. They laugh at all fortified cities; they build earthen ramps and capture them.
11 Then they sweep past like the wind and go on—guilty men, whose own strength is their god.”