Blessings · Hard · Wrestling

really hard…

It’s really hard… in our brokenness…
to come to grips… with His holiness…

Really… hard…

Our broken emotions…
skewed reasoning…
confused understanding…
make it difficult…
to see His grace in hard things…
to see His way in the dark…
when death brings life…
and love bears all things…

It’s hard… to wrestle with God…
but that’s what He invites us to do…
like Jacob… renamed Israel… God-wrestler

But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.”
Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob,
but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men,
and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.”
But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?”
And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the name of the place
Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face,
and yet my life has been delivered.”
Genesis 32:26-30 ESV
Jacob… the one who in his brokenness…
stole his father’s blessing from his brother Esau…
the one who yearned for a legitimate blessing…
His heavenly Father engaged him… wrestled him…
Jacob’s cry is one of a broken heart…
I won’t let you go unless you bless me…

The Father in His grace… blessed him…
with a new name… a new character…
as one invited into the wrestling match…
to move from brokenness…
to holiness…
It’s really hard for brokenness…
to come to grips with His holiness…
but in His grace…
He invites us…
calls us… Israel
Grateful for a God…
willing to wrestle with brokenness…
get down and dirty…
in order to bless…

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