Who Wrestles with God

January 10, 2009 at 1:36 pm (Flowers of Thought) (, , , )


I can’t say that I greatly admire Jacob. I mean, the man had the nerve to wrestle with God, to demand that God bless him before he would let Him go. How irreverent must he be? God could have slain Jacob. He didn’t have to bless him. Why did Yahweh Almighty, God of Hosts, allow a weak, disobedient man to wrestle with Him-and prevail? In those early dawn hours, while Jacob wrestled with God for his very soul, God reached out and marked Jacob His own. The limp that Jacob, now named “One who strives with God”, would carry to his grave would remind him of that night he saw God face to face and his life had been preserved. Mercifully. One touch put his hip out of place. How helpless he truly was in the hands of Almighty God! God delights for us to wrestle with Him, our will and His struggling so that when we demand He bless us, we can see how completely helpless we are. Everything we have is a blessing. Every step we take that we do not limp is a mercy of the LORD. The very fact that our life has been preserved is Yahweh’s compassion and long-suffering.
Lord, when I wrestle Thee I find
That Thou dost show Thyself more kind
For Thou could crush and Thou could kill
Yet Thou preserves and keeps me still.

To come to Thee should bring my end
Yet Thou hast chosen me Thy friend
And wrestling with Thee only proves
How powerful Thy saving love.


  1. Vanessa said,

    That poem is very insightful. I had never thought that when we wrestle with God, we find out who He truly is. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Miss Jocelyn said,

    Oh Abigail that was truly inspiring. Thank you for sharing. People don’t see that. They just don’t.

    Miss Jocelyn

  3. mom2olivia said,

    Good Stuff. I often don’t think of wrestling with God, but I guess we all do, in one way or another. Thank you for reminding us that it is OK, and we need to take everything, especially our uncertainties to God. Bless you.

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