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We all need to have the experience of going through struggles in life alone.
Friday, August 23, 2002
It is not until Jacob is left alone with the Lord that his name is changed from Jacob, liar, deceiver, supplanter, to Israel, a prince with God.
2CH 32:31 - God left Hezekiah “alone to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart.”
JOH 8:9 - it was not until the woman caught in adultery was left alone with the Lord that she was set free.
JOH 16:32 Behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.
To be left alone with God is the only true way of arriving at an accurate knowledge of ourselves and our own ways.
This passage is an illustration of Gods devotion and dedication to take from us all that hinders our relationship with Him while we resist Him with our human power, human plans and human schemes.
It was not that Jacob wished to obtain something from God, but that the Lord had some strife and struggle with this double-dealing crafty child of His.
Jacob was not wrestling with this Man to obtain a blessing; instead, the Man was wrestling with Jacob to gain some objective from him.
In recognized weakness lies our strength. 2CO 12:10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christs sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
If it was God who was wrestling with Jacob for the purpose of bringing him to a sense of his impotency and helplessness, then He would not have had to wrestle with him all night.
Patience and longsuffering is related to the compassion of the Lord, PSA 103:8.
Patience and longsuffering is related to the power or omnipotence of God. NAH 1:3 The Lord is slow to anger and great in power.
ROM 2:4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
Turn to 1TI 1:12
The patience and longsuffering of God is related to the Lords tolerance and endurance with us, 1TI 1:16.
Jacob is now brought to the point where human devices and human ingenuity can no longer serve him purpose.
Even though it costs him something, a physical disability for life, this hard struggle pays off and he learns to cast himself upon the mercy of God.
God does allow the prayer of men to be mighty in His sight.
Turn to Luke 18:1
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