Genesis 32:24(NLT) This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break. 25 When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking! “But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
Today’s message is 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. Jacob was determined that as he wrestled with God that he would not let go of God until the Lord blessed him. Have you ever wrestled with God about anything until the Lord blessed you?
What’s your limp from the encounter? Do you have a scar all can see or a wound that is hidden from the naked eye? 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 God wanted Jacob to limp with pride. It was his war and battle scar. Do you have any war or battle scars that are visible for others to see? Or are your scars hidden?
Have you accepted them for what they are and for the person they have made you? Have you allowed the pain of your wrestling match to grow you into a better, more authentic person? Let God unfold more of His beauty for your ashes and let the Lord’s marvelous grace enter your life. Would you have it any other way?
God will take the lowest of all of us and raise him/her up. The Lord will take the weakest one of us and strengthen him/her. God will take the most insecure of us and fill him/her with courage for life. And God will take the least of us and make him/her the most. All you have to do is let go and let God today!
So, whatever your limp is, walk with it and don’t deny it. It is who you are, and the Lord is molding you into a masterpiece. You are who you are because of your painful past. God accepts you right where you are, limp, scars, wounds, and all. I hope you can accept yourself today and for the rest of your life, “Limp into your Destiny”!
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