We can learn so much from the Old Testament stories taught in Sunday school. I always had trouble with the one about Jacob wrestling with God. It seemed hard to understand why anyone would want to fight with God when you know that He’s always going to win.

A few years ago I was watching a PBS show about Helen of Troy and they talked about the history of the sport of wrestling and things finally came together for me. The Greeks wrestled, not to hurt one another, but so that one of the two would submit to the other and finally give in.

Maybe this is what the story of Jacob and his battle with God is all about. We go about our daily lives, trying to plan our futures and control all that life throws at us. It isn’t an easy road all the time. Still we try to stand on our own two feet and stay on top.

God invited Jacob to wrestle with Him when He appeared to Jacob as a man. The struggle continued all night, but in the end, God was the victor. The wrestling was an opportunity for Jacob to submit to God’s will for his life, so he was a winner too. By sustaining the injury to his hip, Jacob was also reminded that his earthly struggles would be painful at times.

The fight can go on for a long time too and we may never understand why we have to go through it. When life seems hopeless by our standards, it’s good to know that by submitting (allowing Him to do what is best for us) to God’s will, we will gain the victory.


About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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  1. Lifetime Chicago says:

    This was excellent…..absolutely hit home and reminded me who is in charge. There are days I try to control and it never works!!!


    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I think everyone is guilty of trying to be in charge. We’d save ourselves lots of trouble if we just let go in the first place, thanks for your kind words.❤️


  2. oneta hayes says:

    Submitting to his will – basically that is what it takes to be a Christian; just quit struggling, accept Jesus’ forgiveness, and submit your will to him. So peaceful and satisfying! Let him win; that way you win.

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  3. hatrack4 says:

    I recently read something about how we should NOT wrestle with God. We should seek His will as opposed to seeking our own and grabbing onto God until He submitted. But Jacob was that bold. Jesus tells the parable of the woman who pestered the judge until the judge gave in just to get rid of her, yet God loves us. You have gotten me thinking this morning. Once the first load of laundry comes out of the dryer and the second goes in, I am back to the hospital for my next update.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Persistence in our prayer life is critical. We aren’t always going to be answered on our timeline, but in accordance with God’s master plan. Surrendering to that is hard, but necessary.

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  4. I love what you discovered about wrestling in ancient Greek culture. It definitely makes sense to apply that to the Biblical account of Jacob wrestling with God! And it really gives me a powerful visual for understanding our relationship with God. Thank you, dear Kathy! Great post! ❤ ❤

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      It took me a long time to learn this and yes it makes the message very clear. We wrestle every day, because God has given us a free will.we can be so stubborn, canter?


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