“And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day” (Genesis 32:24).
In our walk of life, we are confronted with obstacles, confrontations, and other obstructions. There are times that we take another road to avoid any conflicts. If we look carefully we will understand the purpose and the lesson to be taught. We will see from this passage of Scripture the intention of God.
God is wrestling with Jacob more than Jacob is wrestling with God. It was the Son of man, the Angel of the Covenant. It was God in human form pressing down and pressing out the old Jacob life, and ere the morning broke, God had prevailed and Jacob fell with his thigh dislocated. But as he fell, he fell into the arms of God, and there he clung and wrestled, too, until the blessing came; and the new life was born and he arose from the earthly to the heavenly, the human to the divine, the natural to the supernatural. And as he went forth that morning he was a weak and broken man, but God was there instead; and the heavenly voice proclaimed, “Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel; for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.”
My beloved brothers and sisters, this must ever be a typical scene in every transformed life. There comes a crisis-hour to each of us, if God has called us to the highest and best, when all resources fail; when we face either ruin or something higher than we ever dreamed; when we must have infinite help from God and yet, ere we can have it, we must let something go; we must surrender completely; we must cease from our own wisdom. strength, and righteousness, and become crucified with Christ and alive in Him. God knows how to lead us up to this crisis, and He knows how to lead us through.
Veni, Vidi, Vici (veni (I came), vidi (I saw), vici (I conquered) I had my days and time and learned the hard way. I clung to the old rugged cross and laid my sins and shame looking for a better way. Hence the latin phrase Veni, Vidi, Vici. I was fighting my battles with myself, but that day when the arrow came to me and I thought I was going to sink I look to the hills whence cometh my strength and said: “Not today, this fight is your Lord.” From that day I had peace of mind and heart. I have charted a new course and I am so happy. You should not criticize until you hear my story. It is a testimony in this battle field. I pray one day I will be able to sit with my brethren and tell the story of His saving grace.
Is He leading you thus? Is this the meaning of your deep trial, or your difficult surroundings, or that impossible situation. or that trying place through which you cannot go without Him, and yet you have not enough of Him to give you the victory?
Oh, turn to Jacob’s God! Cast yourself helplessly at His feet. Die to your strength and wisdom in His loving arms and rise, like Jacob, into His strength and all-sufficiency. There is no way out of your hard and narrow place but at the top. You must get deliverance by rising higher and coming into a new experience with God. Oh, may it bring you into all that is meant by the revelation of the Mighty One of Jacob!–But God
“At Thy feet I fall,
Yield Thee Up My ALL,
To suffer LIVE, OR DIE
For my Lord crucified.
I am your servant,
Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div