Why did Jacob Wrestle with God?


Jacob fled from Laban, his mother’s brother, because of the unfair treatment he received. Laban made Jacob serve 20 years including 7 years for Leah, 7 years for Rachel and 6 years in exchange for sheep with spots. When Jacob know he is going to meet his brother, he sent his wives, concubines and children to the other side of the river shore. He did this because he was afraid that Esau would attack him. Esau vowed to take revenge and kill Jacob because he stole his blessing from him. Jacob deceived his father into thinking that he is the elder son, Esau and brought him the tasty meal which his mother, Rebecca has made in order to get his blessing. Esau first sold his birthright to Jacob in exchange for a bowl of red lentil soup.

When Jacob was wrestling with God, he refused to let go because he want his blessings. In the end, God gave him a blessing and changed his name to Israel. Jacob means holder of the heel. Jacob has been holding on things and refusing to let go since he was young. This explains how he had gain from taking advantage of several people including Esau and Laban. When Jacob wrestle with God, he comes face to face with him. Finally, his struggles was over after God blessed him. Jacob refused to let go even after God struck him on his hip socket. This is why he limped when walking after the fight was over.

Jacob’s account can be compared to us. We often struggle with God about our weaknesses. You must let go of what you should not hold on to and completely surrender to God. If you sin, you must humbly confess to God what you have done wrong and ask for his forgiveness. God is pleased with people who are humble. Praying and seeking God’s help is a way of humbling yourself. In everything, you should pray and surrender to God instead of keeping the problem to yourself. God wants you to treat him like a good friend, whom you will discuss all your issues in life with God so that he can guide you.

God has a good plan for each of us. If you seek God through prayer, God will reveal his good purpose and plan for you so that you know what you should do in life. God guided Jacob and helped him to succeed. It was God who told Jacob to leave. God promised to guide him when he was at Bethel, where he dreamed of a ladder with angels ascending and descending on it.

A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps. (Proverbs 16:9 KJV)

Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. (James 4:13-15 KJV)

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 KJV)

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33 KJV)

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33 KJV)

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 KJV)

In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him. (Ecclesiastes 7:14 KJV)

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105 KJV)

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive. (Jeremiah 29:11-14 KJV)

Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV)

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16 KJV)

Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. (Jeremiah 33:3 KJV)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6 KJV)

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints (Ephesians 6:18 KJV)

I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. (1 Timothy 2:8 KJV)

And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. (1 John 3:22 KJV)

Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. (James 5:13 KJV)

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. (James 4:3 KJV)

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:8-10 KJV)