I never did learn the meaning of giving up without first giving it all that I had to give; and even with that, I would be looking back firing on all fumes cylinders as I attempted to give it up while keeping hope for a possible last minute break through. If my family is in a “hurry” to get something done that has proven to them to be somewhat difficult, I am the last person they call to check it out. They know that the odds are in their favor of my having success in figuring it out; however, they also know that if the success does not come quickly, that they better grab a Snickers bar for we are “not going anywhere for a while,” or until I have figured it out. When I put my natural tendency to take things to my full measure of ability anyway, along with the spiritual law to take the Word to the full faith of the substances that did come; well, this allows me to put forth my best Jacob impersonation as I wrestle with my own angel not letting go except he bless me. It is not a by chance statement by Jacob to not let go except you bless me: Genesis 32:26, “And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.” This is not only a Spiritual law, but it is also an innate, natural, tendency: even a baby, and up to an infant, will not stop crying, fussing, and wrestling with you except you bless the child; or the child fall out after giving the full measure of vocal strength. And it does not stop just because we grow up, but it does take on a different form of manifestation depending on the individual. So when it comes to receiving from God, does he already know how long he must wait in order to get our help on reducing demand by another one? How long are you willing to not let go except you get what you hope for? You can only come to God already ready to not let go if you are sure of this one thing: Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Do you believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that wrestle with him until he blesses them? If the answer is yes, then this party can go all night long, all night; however, if the answer is no, then you will work up a little spiritual frustration perspiration, then the party will send you off to regular night sleep for you. I Will Not Kick Against Father Too Long.
There is a flip side to knowing when to wrestle with Father too long. If we wrestle with Father too long, meaning that we should not be doing it; then we will find ourselves somewhere way off track, and finding it hard to get back. So how did Jacob know that he was not wrestling with the angel too long, even after the angel touched the hollow of his thigh to weaken him; and the angel told him to let go for the day breaketh. You know where I come from, the angel was really saying to Jacob, why don’t you quit for we know that you can not go the distance required for me to bless you. Well, that’s the way I would take it, and then I would tell the angel to pretend to eat Snickers, for we are going to be here for a while. Plus Jacob did not start this particular wrestle with the angel: Genesis 32:24, “And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.” It appears that the angel started the wrestling with Jacob to see if he had changed his ways, and at the end he told Jacob that he had prevailed. Genesis 32:28, “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.” It is obvious that he proved to be a changed man, and the angel changed his name from Jacob to Israel. The angel did all that was necessary for the old Jacob to not kick against Father too long, or the angel in this case; however, he did proved to prevail by overcoming himself as he did go the distance for the angel to bless him. When you and I are holding on to God by his Word, it comes to wrestle with us to give us the chance to over come or to prevail over what is stopping us from having already received the blessing before the wrestle. It was not difficult for Jacob to know that he was not wrestling with the angel too long because angels had come to meet him earlier to give him something; for we know that the angels didn’t just stop by to shoot the breeze. Genesis 32:1-2, “And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. 2 And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God’s host: and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.” So Jacob was already motivated to get something from God when he met the angels earlier at Mahanaim, a place said to be near Jabbok where he wrestled with the angel. Plus, as long as the angels are allowing you to not let go, then they are not trying to put more on you than you can bear; but enough on you so that you can prevail over your short comings. If we are still walking in our Word, but we have not been stopped; then we are not wrestling too long with God. He will give us enough of a challenge to help us overcome ourselves in order to receive the blessing. If we are going on and on and the Word is not giving us any attention, faith substance, then we need to make sure that we are not kicking against Father. The time that Joseph was in prison, he continued to wrestle with God for the gift of God would not let him go: Joseph received favor, was put in charge of much, and was still interpreting dreams while yet in jail. This is how we go the distance when we do not have the understanding. So keep wrestling when you don’t know, but look to see the Word, the Angel, the Father not letting you go so that you will know not to let him go. I Will Not Kick Against Father Too Long.
The Father Still Does Love To Do The Body Good.