Did you know that your Heavenly Father can’t wait to meet with you today? It’s true! Spend a minute or two dwelling on that and then read the passage below using your Bible Study Insert.
A mysterious stranger shows up in our passage today and a wrestling match begins between that man and Jacob. Jacob thinks he’s doing pretty good for himself! He’s holding his own. He thinks he’s wrestling an equal. But suddenly, seemingly from out of nowhere, this “wrestler” gives him a TOUCH (that’s the literal meaning of the Hebrew word — The merest touch, a tap, the smallest contact) and Jacob is completely overpowered. In that moment the stranger revealed the incredible power He actually had. He was just holding back to this point.
Jacob’s eyes are immediately opened and he realizes this wrestler is the Lord (messenger of the Lord). But Jacob not only realizes WHO it is he’s wrestling with, but he also realizes something much deeper and more profound. He realizes what his REAL problem is. He realizes what it REALLY means to KNOW God.
What are those moments of pain in your life that God has used to “wake you up”? What did you learn about God in those moments? What did you learn about yourself?