Most who read this blog will be familiar with the story of Jacob and Esau. As Isaac was near the end of his life, he called his sons Esau (the first born) and Jacob and asked them to make one last meal for him so he could give a final blessing to each of them before he died. Through a deceitful scheme, Jacob presented himself as Esau so Isaac would give him the firstborn’s blessing, not Esau.
This deception drove a wedge in the relationship between these two brothers for many years and they went their separate ways. As time passed, Jacob became afraid of his brother Esau, because of guilt. After hearing that Esau was coming to meet him, Jacob spent a whole night alone, that is, alone until “a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day” (Genesis 32:24).
There are times in life as a follower of Jesus when God meets us, wrestles with us, and confronts us with unresolved issues. In the wrestling with God, He wants to change our attitude and heart toward someone or a group of people. Why? Often, we are too stubborn in our thinking and need to have a change of heart.
What changed Jacob? “I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered” (32:30). If you have resisted getting right with someone, you need to wrestle alone with God and see the other person through His eyes. After this encounter, Jacob “bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother” (33:3).
Humility paves the road to reconciliation. It does not matter how difficult the situation, wrestle with God until you know HIS humility.
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