In James we are told that if anyone lacks wisdom he should ask God who gives favorably to all without reproach.
But, James also adds that when we ask, we should not doubt, for those that doubt are double-minded, prone to be tossed like the waves on the sea, and will not receive anything from the Lord.
I was thinking about the story of Jacob recently, where he wrestled with God. I laughed with a friend because the end result of the wrestle ended with a broken hip. Ouch! But what was the reward? Jacob received a new name, and a huge, life-changing blessing!
Was the broken hip worth it?
I would like to think that wrestling with God is a good thing. Even the call to “crucify our flesh” incites a painful altercation.
To leave the scene of the struggle with eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart that’s humble enough to follow…
That’s more precious than any luxury this world could afford.
Do you have unanswered questions in regard to your faith? Do you fear the idea of wrestling with God?
What if, instead of fearing that He won’t like your inability to grasp His heart for you or His Word in front of you, you simply chose to approach the Throne of Grace with confidence, and engage in the wrestling that needs to take place for you to take hold of your freedom in Christ?
Get down. Get dirty. Wrestle all night if you need. He who promised is faithful. Your freedom awaits. Your blessing awaits.
Jacob went on to live, broken hip and all, as the Father of Israel. Certainly the Lord blessed him beyond his wildest dreams.
This year, I want to live with an undivided heart, an undivided mind. I want to trust even when my eyes can’t see. I want to wrestle until I receive the blessing of confident assurance and God’s Word made alive within me.