Wrestling with God


thinking businessman Everyone wrestles with God. Even the atheist, though he may not know it. At some point in every life, we are desperate, and we ask the hard questions–the really good questions. Why? Why me? We may even shout, “No!” We find something in this life that is unbearable and for a time, be it a night, a week, or years, we fight with God. We grab hold of Him, whether we understand Him or not, and we wrestle. We are always overpowered by Him. At that point, we decide who He will be to us. Some reject this God they cannot understand or will not accept. The believer, equally exhausted, grabs hold like a child to a parent and cries, “Bless me!”

And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, Let me go, for the day has broken. But Jacob said, I will not let you go unless you bless me. 27 And he said to him, What is your name? And he said, Jacob. 28 Then he said, Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.  (Genesis 32)

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