Experiencing weakness doesn’t mean God is far from you. Weakness actually brings Him nearer. We become more dependent on Him, leaning on Him more heavily. This builds trust in Christ that is sweeter, fellowship with the Father that is more intimate, and a flow of divine grace that becomes a powerful river in our lives.
In Genesis 32, we see three “marks” from God on Jacob’s life through the process of wrestling. Continue reading
Though a wrestling process, God prepared the conditions of Jacob’s heart for three great works. First He revealed a new identity and purpose for Jacob’s life, re-directing his history as a deceiver and insecure “over-reacher” to become a prince with God and the father of a nation. Our previous study examines how clinging to the Father in trials achieves this glorious work of unveiling true identity.
Our story continues in Genesis 32:29-30 where we see the next great work God did in Jacob. Continue reading
During a dark night when Jacob’s deepest fears loomed large, when his future felt bleak and God’s good promises for him seemed impossible, he hit ‘ground zero’ and did the last thing he knew to do – he clung to God.
The Father had brought him to this moment of wrestling and it was a precious and pivotal moment of progress in Jacob’s journey. Read our previous study on how trials are a process of wrestling with God that deepens our connection with Him and strengthens us for destiny.
Through wrestling, God transformed Jacob in three ways. The first is seen in Genesis 32:26-28. Continue reading
A remarkable story is told in Genesis 32 about one very dark night in Jacob’s life.
We read that he was in great fear and distress, feeling shaken about his future, alone, separated from his family and servants, and uncertain whether he would see his earthly possessions again. In this context we see something quite unusual: ‘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.”’ (Genesis 32:24-27) Continue reading
Most often we think something is wrong if we’re experiencing hardship or struggles, but actually it’s the opposite. In the Father’s mind it means we’re making progress, that we’re growing as sons and that we’re taking the next step in a life of destiny and promise.
Hebrews 12 offers some great encouragement about hardships. If we focus our faith on these gems, it will change our experience and enable us to access His grace: Continue reading