Genesis 32:24-28 and Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go except thou bless me, and he said to him, what is thy name? And he said Jacob. And he said, thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a Prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. ~ It’s in the alone times where we come into encounters with God that revolutionize our lives. It’s when we separate ourselves from the things of this world and we make ourselves available for encounters with him. When we come into these encounters, we will be changed. He changes our nature, changes the way we talk, and the way we walk. We take on a new identity.
Jacob was no longer identified as a surplanter or one who was deceptive and a thief, but was now known as a Prince who had power with God and with men. He was now positioned in a place with The Lord that he found great favor and influence. But what if Jacob would not have contended with the angel? What if he discounted the season, the time that he was in and just took it for granted? There are times where we must fight and press in to receive what God has for us. Christianity is not without responsibility. Each one of us must contend for the faith. We must press in to his presence and come to understand who we are in Christ. I believe that this moment that Jacob was in was a time where God was judging Jacob to determine if he would fight for the promise of God, fight for his faith in the things of God. Jacob was no match for that angle. In the scriptures we hear accounts that an angel slew thousands of men in a moment of time. God was seeing just how badly Jacob wanted the promise of God in his life.
How much are we willing to fight for the touch of God in our lives. How badly do we want to be changed? Are we willing to separate ourselves from the things of this world and make ourselves available to God so that he can touch our lives? We are changed from glory to glory, but we are the ones who determine how much we are changed. The choice is ours. Make yourself available and he will come. The things of God ARE worth fighting for!!