2 Our Wrestling with God Do you think you can wrestle with God? Have you and/or do you wrestle with God?How can you wrestle with God?
3 Our Wrestling with God Ignoring your Bible and Prayer Overuse of the Internet/TV/Video GamesSchool – Course Load, Grades, GraduationRelationships - Family, Dating, FriendsAnxiety, Stress, Worry (Car Problems)
4 Jacob’s Life of Wrestling The babies jostled each other within her…(Genesis 25:22)But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. (Genesis 25:33)Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn” (Genesis 27:19)Then the lord said to Jacob, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.” (Genesis 31:3)
5 Jacob’s Life of Wrestling I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. (Genesis 32:10)But you have said, “I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.” (Genesis 32:12)So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not over power him… (Genesis 32:24-25)
6 Jacob’s Life of Wrestling 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 32:26)
7 Jacob’s Response to Trouble [Jacob] took [his family] and sent them across the stream. And he sent across whatever he had. Then Jacob was left alone… (Genesis 32:23-24a)
8 Jacob’s Response to Trouble [Jacob] took [his family] and sent them across the stream. And he sent across whatever he had. Then Jacob was left alone… (Genesis 32:23-24a)We tend to go “inward”We tend to “isolate”from people & God
9 God “Picks a Fight” with Jacob Then Jacob was leftalone, and a manwrestled with himuntil daybreak.(Genesis 32:24)
10 God “Picks a Fight” with Jacob Then Jacob was left alone,and a man wrestled withhim until daybreak.(Genesis 32:24)God is keeping Jacobengaged with Himrather than allowingJacob to get lost in himself.
11 God “Picks a Fight” with Jacob A man wrestled with him until daybreak. When he saw that he had not prevailed against [Jacob], he touched the socket ofhis thigh; so the socket of Jacob’s thigh was dislocated while he wrestled him.Then he said, “Let me go”…But [Jacob] said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”(Genesis 32:24-26)
12 God’s Goal of Wrestling Jacob Then he said, “Let me go”…But [Jacob] said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”So he said, “What is your name?”And he said, “Jacob.”He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have wrestled with God and with men and have prevailed.”(Genesis 32:26-29)
13 Results from Wrestling with God Transformation of Jacob into Israel (Genesis 32:28)Recognizing of God in a new way(Genesis 32:29-30; 33:20)A visible change in Jacob (Genesis 32:31)Trusting in & following God (Genesis 33:17-20)
15 Church ParticipationOn the “Prayer” section of the contact card (inside the bulletin) please write:1 or 2 areas that you are wrestling with God right now in your life that we can lift up in our prayers.Please fill out the rest of the info on the card and put it (and any tithes) in the baskets when they are passed.