Over 40 years ago, I read a portion of Scripture that has fascinated me ever since. That Scripture is found in Genesis chapter 32 where we read about Jacob “wrestling” with a “man” all through the night.
My understanding was (and is) that Jacob was wrestling with God (Jacob said, in verse 30, that he met God face to face.) But I have always wondered what it means to “wrestle” with God. How does one do such a thing? Is it an appropriate activity for each of us as a child of God?
If the man really was God, why couldn’t God overpower Jacob? God is omnipotent and could easily overpower anyone. Why would God continue to wrestle for hours — and then need to stop before daybreak?
Finally, who won the wrestling match? The man said that Jacob had struggled with god and with men and had “overcome.” But it is unimaginable that Jacob could have won in a wrestling match against Almighty God!
I will be offering some of the ideas that I believe God has given me concerning this Scripture in the next article (it may turn into a short series of articles). Until then, please leave YOUR comments below – What do YOU believe about the questions above?