I have been thinking about Jacob wrestling with God. I have been struck by two things:
- Jacob is alone (24). He leaves behind family, position, and possession. He is alone with God, alone before God.
- Jacob is changed by the wrestle. The stranger touches him and changes him – physically (with his “thigh”) and spiritually (by giving him a new name). Jacob does not stand far off and reflect – he engages and physically struggles with God – sweat and pain! “The Strange” is not an object but a person.
I think the story is a great example of what it means to be a Christian in a modern context. SO …
I need to be alone before God, wrestle with God, and that will change me.