I was encouraged the other day to be like Jacob. As I have commented many times before, Old Testament knowledge is something that I am not even close to being considered a scholar about. I took a few classes and barely passed them. So admittedly, I needed to go back and re-read and brush up on the story… Good stuff..
We will start in Gen 28… Jacob has a dream where God promises to bless Jacob… Jacob wakes up and says,
verse 20 through 22: Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father’s house, then the LORD will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.”
Now that is my kind of vow…
Later there is a great story in Genesis 32:24-30
But Jacob stayed behind by himself, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he couldn’t get the best of Jacob as they wrestled, he deliberately threw Jacob’s hip out of joint.
The man said, “Let me go; it’s daybreak.”
Jacob said, “I’m not letting you go ’til you bless me.”
The man said, “What’s your name?”
He answered, “Jacob.”
The man said, “But no longer. Your name is no longer Jacob. From now on it’s Israel (God-Wrestler); you’ve wrestled with God and you’ve come through.”
Jacob asked, “And what’s your name?”
The man said, “Why do you want to know my name?” And then, right then and there, he blessed him.
Jacob named the place Peniel (God’s Face) because, he said, “I saw God face-to-face and lived to tell the story!”
Jacob says, “I am not letting go until you bless me” It makes me question myself, do I have that kind of zeal, fervor, gumption, let’s be honest… cajones…
Do I have what it takes to wrestle with God?
Do I have what it takes to not let go?
Do I have the guts to demand that I am not letting go unless I am blessed?
I am glad that I was encouraged to go back and read this, because I am in a place where I need to hold on to My God and not let go until He blesses me.