"It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him." -Daniel 2:22
"Do not fear, for I am with you..." -Isaiah 43:5
"...we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion." -Daniel 9:18

Thursday, May 28, 2009

"I will not let you go unless you bless me..."

"...Then he blessed him there." This was the scripture for today from Genesis 32:26,29 It is from the story of Jacob, as he returns home according to God's command. He spends much time wrestling with God in his anxiousness over his future.
Even though God presented Himself to Jacob in a form that could be wrestled with, ultimately, He was in control. By putting Jacob's thigh out of joint, He showed how quickly and easily He could disable him. So, Jacob had to come to terms with the fact that wrestling with God didn't get him anywhere. You can't force blessings from God.
We have to cease our struggling. Give up our own will and cling to the Father. Cling...not wrestle. In years past I can remember my grandmother talking of spending hours in prayer, wrestling with God. But, I believe, He wants us to just rely upon His judgment. Not to become weary with struggling against Him. This will only hinder His ablity to work in our lives.
This is so where Al and I are right now. Weary from the wrestling and the struggle of trying to force blessings from God. I have been hearing Him say for weeks now that I need to quit being so anxious and just get on with life. Leave the monumental tasks to Him.
Do the dishes, do the laundry, take a nap, feed the dogs, write a blog, get back to a deeper bible study, mow the yard....stay busy and content with the everyday workings that have to get done. When the time is right....He will provide answers and blessings where He sees fit.
He might even change our name to Israel!

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