Are you familiar with the story in Genesis 32 where Jacob wrestles with God? The two tussle until daybreak, only ending when Jacob receives a crippling blow. A blow which disabled him with a limp for the rest of his life. And all because Jacob wanted God’s blessing so bad, he refused to give up and let go.
Twenty years earlier, Jacob had fled to the land of Paddan-aram. All to escape the fury of his twin brother Esau, whose birthright he had stolen. And now he found himself headed back to his home of Canaan with all he owned and loved. This included his wives, children, servants, and livestock.
Wary of seeing his brother again, Jacob sent a messenger ahead to smooth the way and inform Esau of his coming. Only much to Jacob’s dismay, he learned that his brother was already on his way with four hundred men by his side! Afraid that it could only mean destruction, Jacob divided everyone and everything into two camps. Doing so with the hopes that if one was destroyed the other would be spared. And after praying to God for deliverance, Jacob sent his entire company ahead in groups one after the other, until finally he was the only one left.
Scared and alone, Jacob was approached by a strange man who mysteriously shows up and wrestles with him until daybreak. But this was no mere man. It was God Himself! And after deciding the match had gone on long enough, God dislocated Jacob’s hip with a mere touch of His hand, demanding to be let go. But instead of releasing the Lord Jacob cries out, “I will not let you go until you bless me.” (Gen. 32:26)
Jacob wanted that blessing from God and nothing would stop him until he got it. No amount of pain, fatigue, or fear was going to keep him from prevailing! So how about you? Is there a blessing that you want from God? Are you willing to be a warrior like Jacob to get it? Will you go to the mat with God wrestling in the dirt, fighting through the pain, enduring the exhaustion, and never letting go unless He blesses you? God rewarded Jacob’s dedication with that blessing he battled so hard for, and promises the same to us. All we have to do is ask ourselves, “How bad do you want it? “