"So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man said, 'Let me go, for it is daybreak. But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” (Genesis 32:24-26)
Jacob, the second twin of Isaac, was characterized as living a life of a con artist, a liar and was well known for manipulating people and circumstances to his advantage. With a deceitful heart, this cunning man later became a fugitive who was on the run for his life. However, Jacob was in a solitary place when he became engaged in a wrestling match with an angel of the Lord which lasted all night long.
We are told that the angel battled and endured with Jacob until Jacob lost his strength. I believe it was at this point the angel touched Jacob’s hip knocking it out of joint. Jacob was unwilling to let go of the angel until he received God’s blessing.
A.W. Tozer quotes, “It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.”
While seeing great potential in Jacob, God knew He could make something greater of him. Therefore, He used this experienced to work on the heart of Jacob, bringing him to a place that he had no other choice but to depend on Him. God has a way of bringing us to a point of being broken in order to live a new and transformed life.
Perhaps there has been a time in your life when you wrestled with God through the loneliness of night. And through this encounter you may have been left broken. However, you may have to walk with a limp for the rest of your life, but don’t let your limp hold you back. What initially appears to be a handicap can actually reposition you for a new season of life that is more rewarding than what you might have experienced otherwise.
As you remain faithful to God, hold on to Him in every circumstance. Then you can take joy in knowing that at the breaking of the day His blessing will come.