Heavenly Tussle

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Today's reading: Genesis 32:22-32

After reminding himself and God of the promises God had made to him, Jacob separates himself from his family giving him some alone time with God. What happens next is, what I find to be, one of the oddest passages in the Old Testament. A man (really an angel in human form) appears and he and Jacob wrestle with each other through the night. The wrestling match ends in an impasse, with neither party prevailing. But then the angel, to remind Jacob who he had been dealing with and perhaps to provide him with a lasting reminder of the event, touches Jacob's hip which immediately pops it out of joint (ouch). Jacob then demands a blessing from his heavenly visitor which results in the angel commending Jacob for his steadfastness and giving him the new name of Israel.

Jacob had already turned to God and was trusting Him to guide, direct and bring him through the impending meeting with Esau. So why the wrestling match with an angelic visitor? As I thought about and considered this odd encounter, it was Jacob's faith that stood out to me. Yes, his trust and faith in God were solid, but this all night power struggle served to grow and strengthen Jacob's faith even more. And as the morning dawns, we see a strong and encouraged Jacob who demands a blessing from God before heading out to face his brother.

How has struggling and wrestling through a difficult decision or situation served to strengthen your faith? Tami

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I have been struggling since 2008 with a work injury. 2 back surgeries later leaves me in worse shape. My faith has grown within this time. I have asked God to please relieve my pain but it only gets worse. Still the only thing that gives me strength to go on is my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I have gone through a medical nightmare and am beginning to write about it. I even have written 2 published articles but my pain is persistent.

I am not sure if it is God's plan that I may be healed. Not every believer has their prayers answered the way they want. I still think there is a reason for my suffering. Maybe to show how one can still believe and have faith despite unanswered prayers.

I am not sure. Patti

Hi Patti,

Thank you for sharing your story about staying the course and growing through your struggles. Like you, I don’t always understand God’s ways or His timing. Yet, turning to God and His Word gives me strength and hope to continue pressing on. Prayed for you today!



Patti, we started to pray for you after reading your testimony of suffering and get your strength from the Lord and using your writing talent for Him.

Tami has said perfectly how I feel too about your circumstances.

God used Paul to write many epistles in spite of a non-removal thorn in the flesh.

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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