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Wednesday, September 5th, '18

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LIMPING INTO THE LIGHT

"...the sun rose on him, and he limped on his hip" (Genesis 32:31 NKJV)

 

Jacob wrestled all night with the angel of the Lord, spouting through bated gasps, "I will not let you go, except you bless me!" (vs 26). Hosea recorded, "He struggled with the angel, and prevailed", but the preceding line interprets for us, "And in his strength he struggled with God" (Hosea 12:3,4), or as KJV says, "had power with God". That implies, it was a wrestling match between man and God. Who do suppose won that bout? Jacob was wrestling with God but much more, as it is with us, God was wrestling with Jacob. A divine mark is left on all those who dare square off with deity. Jacob was given a name change and a nature change. No longer would he be called Jacob, which means "supplanter" or heel-grabber, but rather Israel, which means "prince", or more accurately "contender or soldier of God". That night he went from Pretender to Prince, a divine name change.

 

But there was also a nature change. The angel knocked the props out from under Jacob. "The socket of Jacob's hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him" (vs 25). What brass, hobbling on one leg yet still wrestling! Why such a stiff measure; because Jacob relied on his legs. In past times he ran from Esau, ran from Laban, actually he even ran from God, but now there would be no more running, only trusting. His limp was noticeable. God weakened Jacob's strong thigh muscle and gave him an even stronger faith muscle. Everyone whom God pins to the ground displays such a battle wound, but it is that very wound that becomes the man's greatest strength. Paul said, "For when I am weak, then am I strong" (2 Corinthians 12:10).

 

After the pronounced blessing, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel", the sun arose over Peniel. Jacob left the wrestling mat limping into the light. There hadn't been a lot of sunshine in his life before this meeting. Now everything radiated with hope and joy and freedom. You won't mind a limp if it means a happier world. Sometimes the wound is physical. Note the former trucker and hard-core pill popper, now in a wheel chair from a horrible accident, but the wheel chair has become his pulpit for the semi trailer wreck woke the man's heart and ushered him into the light. Other Jacobs have less conspicuous injuries. Their limps are internal, emotional and psychological. No man is totally accepted until he is totally rejected. Jesus wouldn't be near as attractive to us if He didn't bear wounds in His hands and side. God has to break us to make us. The hip and thigh muscle are weakened through trials, marital battles, having your back pushed against the wall financially or being beat up by criticism, etc. The divine scar placed on Jacob's abdomen is the stamp of divine purchase. Holy men hobble. They have nothing of earth to support them any longer, financial and social hips have been thrown out of joint. All they have left is raw faith in God. And that is a grand position to be in! Jacob was limping but he limped into the light. From that lonely night of prayer onward he basked in the full face of the sun. Have you struggled with God in prayer until it has ended in injury to the lower self? Until you do you will never know complete freedom.


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