Summary: The strength of a man consists in finding out the way God is going and going that way! Jacob learned the hard way. Had he followed God without reservation, he may not of walked with a limp for the rest of his life. Let’s examine the story together!
Going God’s way is not only the best way but the only way! It’s when we look back we say, "I wish I had followed God..."
Jacob knew the feeling too well. A person is never what he ought to be until he is doing what he ought to be doing. Jacob was neither. In other words it took a bit of getting his attention before he learned the value of doing everything God’s way!
Jacob found himself in a crisis. A commitment crisis. Follow God or take what’s offered behind door #2. He made the wrong choice. He got s big surprise. Let’s examine it together by seeing several things:
I. The Circumstances That Burdened Jacob (Ge 27:35-38 & 32:6-8)
II. The Crisis That Broke Jacob (Ge 32:17-25)
III. The Change That Blessed Jacob (32:26-32)
Conclusion: Be like the steam kettle, though up to its neck in hot water, it continues to sing!