True reliance on God
June 30, 2010
When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.
Are you struggling with God? I mean, are you really wrestling with him over who's in control of your life?
Well, you wouldn't be the first. We find in Scripture that Jacob wrestled with God both spiritually and physically. And when God wounded Jacob in that wrestling experience, by taking his hip out of joint, Jacob learned life's most important lesson.
That injury served as a painful reminder of when he finally came to the end of himself… to the end of his self-reliance, of his conniving, and of the capitulation of his faith.
But more than that, Jacob came to the place where he discovered what you and I… and every Christ follower… needs to know. It's in our weakness that we are made strong!
You see, the blessing of God can only come when we are broken! God wants to get the "Jacob" out of each of us. And he will often use painful experiences to do it.
Thankfully, we can also choose to have a broken and contrite spirit before God, but the fact is that most of us go through the broken experiences to learn this lesson.
If God has broken you, throw yourself on his mercy. Let this be the end of yourself and the beginning of complete reliance on him.
IT'S IN OUR WEAKNESS THAT WE'RE MADE STRONG!
OUR THANKS TO YOU!
Do the words rested... peaceful... and refreshed describe you today? Or do the words stressed... rushed... and pressured better describe your way of life?
If you're like most Christians, you'd probably have to admit those last three words more accurately describe your life most of the time!
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