Genesis 32:24 (ESV) And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.
Have you ever read a story in the Bible about Jacob wrestling with God, and as a result, God touched Jacob’s hip resulting in Jacob walking the rest of his days with a limp. The interesting thing about the story of Jacob, we all have a similar story of wrestling and struggling with the Lord if the truth is told. Are you struggling with the Lord?
Can you see the times you have wrestled with God? What’s your limp? Do you have a scar or a wound that you have hidden from the world? Note that God gave Jacob a limp. Unlike a scar or a wound, you can’t hide a limp. It shows whenever you get up and move around. I think the Lord wanted Jacob to limp with honor. It was his battle scar. What’s your battle scar? Have you accepted them for what they are and for the person they have made you? Have you allowed the pain of your wrestling with God in your life to grow you into a better, more compassionate person? Let God unfold more of His glory and grace and love in your life. Would you have it any other way?
Point to ponder- Whatever your limp or scar is, walk with it and don’t deny it. It is who you are, and the Lord is transforming you into a masterpiece. You are who you are because of your painful past. God accepts you right where you are, limp, scar, pain and all. In this Lenten season you can embrace your struggle with the Lord and be transformed. Have a marvelous weekend!!
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