By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day."Genesis 32:24-----Wrestle - An intense struggle with an external or internal object, difficulty, or person.-To fight and do battle with.-The engagement of energy put forth in order to defeat, conquer, or subdue.Jacob is a "wrestler" on so many fronts of life;His internal intensity exhibits itself forcibly in an outward and exemplary manner and challenges us to "wrestle" for notable and desirable attainments.Three virtues of Jacob:Brilliant, Discerning, Wrestler.-----Today's Read: Genesis 28-32; Psalm 73Consideration of Jacob lends itself to an exercise of head-scratching, soul searching, mind wondering thought.Many view Jacob as a man of multiple manipulations, a life webbed with lies and deceit.I beg to differ ...For myself, I cannot help but love the man and declare him one of the most mentally, physically, and spiritually "fit" men in the Bible. Jacob understood what had value and he "grabbed hold of the heal" of it and went after it from his birth on:"And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob ..."Genesis 25:26Hmmm ...If ever a verse was more telling of suggestive behavior to come, this was it.Jacob would wrestle and struggle throughout his life for the things that mattered and, at the end of the day, we must each determine the same:We must decide in our lives what's worth the "wrestle."1) The birthright, in Jacob's day, went to the firstborn. Relinquishment of the birthright was the forfeiture of "first right" entitlement, privilege, and possession.Jacob understood the value of the birthright and he openly went after it.Who was the fool?Was it Jacob who went after it and understood the value of it ... or Esau who willingly gave it up over an empty feeling in his stomach?Romans 9:13 and Hebrews 12:16 suggest nothing "evil" about Jacob's behavior but something very notable about Esau's. It's worth some thought ...2) In the garnering of livestock upon his departure from Laban's land, he is given dreams (Genesis 31:10) as to a "fitting" departure of what he's worked very hard for over multiple decades.Is he a stupid dreamer desirous of "taking his brother-in-law for all he's worth" ... or is he certain that what God has shown him in the night will come to pass in the day, so he applies himself and is blessed magnificently?It's worth some thought ...3) Jacob comes into contact with a divine being who instigates a "wrestling match" with him. Is he a fool for understanding that the "Being" has the power to bestow untold blessing upon him and dares to ask for it ... or is he a beautiful brilliant individual desirous of possessing something of eternal value?Mmmm ...God decides and He determines the "daring wrestler" to be overshadowed with a blessing beyond comprehension, for out of the wrestling match is born a "nation," And the name of Jacob becomes ... Israel."And He said, 'Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel; for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.'"Genesis 32:28-----Mmmm ...God loves a "wrestler" who is forcibly bent on a heaven bent mission.Whether it's intimacy with God, your marriage, or another "lasting" mission that wields eternal value ... look well to it and wrestle for it.Engage yourself,Employ yourself,Immerse yourself in a fight for it ...And enjoy the impartation of blessing that follows.-----"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain."1 Corinthians 9:24
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