“And He [the Angel of the Lord] said, ‘Let Me go, for the day breaks.’ But he [Jacob] said, ‘I will not let You go unless You bless me!’”
March 25, 2022
Have you ever watched wrestlers? My eldest son was a wrestler. I have two grandsons who are wrestlers. Do you know what muscle is most important to a wrestler? His thighs. His legs. That’s where his strength is. If you take away his leg, he can’t begin to wrestle. The Angel of the Lord took away Jacob’s strength (v. 25). How was he going to wrestle anymore? And the Angel (the preincarnate Christ) said: “Let Me go.” But Jacob replied: “I will not let you go, not until you bless me.” Now if this was the Lord, why did He say: “Let Me go?” It was because the Lord didn’t want him to let go. You may be thinking, “That doesn’t make sense.” Oh, yes, it does.
When studying the Bible, you find out that many times God will act as if He wants to get away from us when He wants us to pursue Him with all our hearts. Do you remember on the Road to Emmaus when two disciples were going there after the resurrection, and Jesus appeared in His resurrected body? He walked with them, and their hearts were burning within them. Luke said Jesus made as if He would go further, and they said, “Oh no, don’t. Spend the night with us here,” and He did. (Read Luke 24:28-29.) In our moments of greatest uncertainty or difficulty, God calls us to pursue Him with all our hearts.
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