Lesson Three | Devotion #2: Jacob
Max Sinclair | Children’s Director
From time to time we have a moment where we struggle, and we wrestle with what the Lord has planned for us. God has a plan, a plan to utilize and show His glory through us, yet we all wrestle with that. In Romans, the Apostle Paul tells us in chapter 1 verse 25, “Because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.” We have put our ideas and our pride ahead of what God has planned for us. We believe that we alone are the masters of our destiny, that we alone have our best interests in mind. This, however, is like Paul said in Romans, a lie. I know this first hand; I was prideful in my youth, and I believed that I knew what God’s plan for my life was going to be. I was going to become a lawyer and then somehow some way run for office and help make the world a better place; yet, God’s plan for me was different. Instead of humbling myself, I believed that I could succeed by my merit and not through His divine grace and undeniable mastery of my life. I, like Jacob, wrestled with God.
In Genesis chapter 32, we have a story of a world changer, the Patriarch Jacob and how he wrestled with God. The story goes that Jacob was fleeing from his older brother Esau, and he sent all his belongings across the ford of Jabbok. He then camped by himself on the other side. While by himself, a man appeared, and the two began to wrestle. While wrestling with this man Jacob’s hip was displaced, and yet Jacob held on. Finding out that it was the Lord that he had wrestled with, Jacob then grappled and held on saying, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
Throughout our lives we come to wrestle with God and yet instead of grappling on and searching for the blessing that Christ will give us, we give up and go our way because it is easier. This is not what God has intended for us. Jacob is a world changer not because of his awesome wrestling moves, but because he would not give up. He knew that God was to bless him and he wanted to see it through.