“I will not let you go unless you bless me” (Genesis 32:26).
The whole life of Jacob was full of struggle. The struggle between Jacob and Esau commenced in the mother’s womb itself. At the time of birth, he came out “with his hand grasping Esau’s heel” (Genesis 25:26). In the stage of youth, in order to acquire the birthright of his brother, he fought cunningly. He struggled with his father and received the entire blessings. Then his struggle was with Laban. His next struggle was with the wild beasts which he faced while grazing the herds of sheep.
But the pinnacle of his struggle was with that of God. Saying “I will not let you go unless you bless me”, he received the blessings of God. In the end, God said, “…you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome” (Genesis 32:28). Hosea the prophet quotes the same incident saying, “…as a man he struggled with God. He struggled with the angel and overcame him; he wept and begged for his favour” (Hosea 12:3, 4)
But when we analyse the victory of Jacob, we can understand that the he emerged victorious not due to the struggle but his weeping and begging have done it for him. At that time Jacob’s hip joint had come out of the socket and he had come to a situation where he could not struggle. But even that situation did not make him relent but he struggled. He fell on God’s neck, and clung on to Him with all his power placing his entire weight for God to rest and prayed “Bless me, God”. He won this battle.
We also need to struggle with God. That struggle is on the basis of the love we have over Him. Just fall on God’s neck and plead “You became my father thus enabling me to call you as ‘Father’ and so, have mercy on me just as a father has over his son. When you plead like this, will not His heart melt? Will His kind heart allow Him to pass through without wiping your tears? Will his compassion allow Him to ignore you? Never, He will definitely bless you.
In the same way, Jesus Christ also would have been in agony and would have prayed earnestly in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:44).The strength of the high filled Him when He prayed “nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will”. The angel descended and strengthened Him. Dear children of God, fall on God’s neck today. For every prayer of yours, He will answer ‘Yes and in Him Amen’.
To meditate: “Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15).