Memorize: And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me” Genesis 32:24&26
Devotional Reading: Genesis 32:21-32
A time comes in life when all expertise becomes inadequate to deal with confronting challenges. Being at your wit’s end, you are seemingly enveloped in fear. At such a time, it is wise to push aside every man-made strategy and seek God’s face in prayer, you cannot do without God.
This was what Jacob did. He was now approaching a fearful rendezvous with his estranged twin brother, Esau. True to his old nature, he thought he could bribe his way into his brother’s heart with sets of gifts by three groups of his servants. He typically adopted a carnal strategy to protect his own life and the lives of some of his children that he loved most. Yet as he realized the futility of this strategy, it dawned on him that if he were to avoid disaster from Esau, it would take God’s intervention.
At this point, he pushed everything aside, sent his family to a secure location, and decided to spend the night in prayer with God. The Bible account stated that Jacob engaged in wrestling with an angel and would not let go even when he suffered a dislocation in his thigh, until God blessed him.
There is a limit to how far your natural wisdom can carry you. Just when you think you have perfected your plans, then its futility begins to stare you in the face. The fear and confusion that set in at such a time can be mind-numbing. Remember the Hymn – what a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and grief to bear, what a privilege to carry, everything to the LORD in prayer. And the words of Jesus in John 15:5; I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
The efforts of man without the grace of God will become wasted efforts, we need God always. Whatever challenge you may be facing today, seize this moment to take it to the Lord in prayer, and watch Him perform an outstanding miracle in your life, there is no reliable help, except from God.
I pray that the LORD will come through for you and make you victlrious in whatever storm of life or challenges you may find yourself in Jesus name.
Prayer point: O LORD, speak peace be still into my life and situations in Jesus name.
Key Dose: Jesus is the master of ocean, earth and sky
Pastor James Ademuyiwa
Senior Pastor (IHPCT)