In Genesis 32:26 we see an extraodinary episode where Jacob wrestles with God, insisting that God bless him. What does t… (visit YouTube for more)
Will you meditate with me today on Genesis, chapter 32, verse 26. Then he said, "Let me go, for the day has broken." But Jacob said, "I will not let you go unless you bless me."
Now we need a little bit of context, otherwise this verse is hard to understand. Here we have Jacob wrestling with an unnamed man, but we learn that the man is God.
He’s wrestling with God, and he wrestled with him all through the night. And he’s saying, "I’m not going to let you go unless you bless me."
What do we take in when we meditate on this verse? There are multiple instances in the Bible where God says, or Jesus says, "Pursue me."
We don’t have to break down God’s defences, because we know that he’s a loving Father who loves to give good things to his children. But the question for us is, that’s raised by this verse: are we holding on to God tightly, seeking his blessing?
We need to pursue God for him, and that is more important. But this verse is just about the blessing of God. And Jacob knew that he needed God’s blessing in his life.
We know that to live this life well, we have to live it under the blessing, of God. This is the way to fulfil our purpose. And also this is the way for God to be most glorified, glorified in us, his creatures. Let’s set our hearts on holding on to God and saying, Lord, I am going to hold on to you. I am going to look for your blessings and I am going to look for you and your purposes.
Lord, thank you that you do love to bless us. Thank you that you are a good God and a good Father.
And we earnestly seek you. Amen.