In our training sessions and the materials we have created, we often speak of the vital importance of intimacy with the Lord. When this becomes a regular habit, the transformation created by God also becomes obvious to those around us. Priorities change, attitudes and conduct are shaped by these times with the Lord, and the reflection of Christ becomes clearer.
I am thinking particularly of one man who was much like most of us; proud, self-willed, and afraid of his own brother. Unlike the type of person I mentioned above, who makes it a regular habit of being close to the Lord, Jacob was so fearful of what his brother Esau would do to him for stealing his birthright, he divided his family into three groups and left them in the hands of his servants while he stayed overnight by himself (Genesis 32:13-21). This was a major crisis for Jacob.
“And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day” (32:24). Jacob did not realize until well into the night that he was wrestling with God. That match changed Jacob forever! God changed his name from Jacob to Israel. He was going to become a new man “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered” (32:30).
Should this be our expectation when we spend time alone in the presence of God? Transformation is not the only thing that happens in His presence, but it is perhaps the most important. Fellowship with divine persons is enjoyed most when we are willing to be changed into His likeness.
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