Years ago in gym class a bunch of us boys took wrestling lessons. All these years later I remember the kneeling starting position. One of the things I enjoyed the most was finding out which one of us could get the best of the other with our first moves. It helped to be quick and precise with it. If not, you could lose the match in a handful of seconds.
In Genesis 32.22-32 is told the strange story of Jacob wrestling with a man (angel, God) who eventually knocks Jacob’s hip out of joint. Nonetheless, Jacob refuses to let go unless he is blessed by his opponent. In his wrestling, he came to see “God face to face” (32.30).
Do you wrestle with God through the night? Do you wonder at the idea of God? Has God “struck” you in a way that knocked your “hip” out of joint? When wrestling with your faith do you refuse to let go until you are blessed?
Nights can be long, and longer still when wrestling with God, especially when the struggle dislocates a hip, or upsets equilibrium, or leads to a new view and understanding of the world.
The next time you are in the middle of a long night wrestling with God, do not ever let go until you receive a blessing. It will come. You might have to ask for it. You might have to demand it. You might have to insist upon it. You might need to be firm as you speak to God. Just remember to hang on. The day will break. The blessing will come.
See you on Sunday!
Rev Jim Sinclair
Pastor Jim is the minister for First United Baptist Church