Summary: When you meet God, Come Clean about who you are, Call upon God for Help, Commit to what God wants to do in your life.
WHEN YOU MEET GOD February 25, 2007 Jay Robison GENESIS 32:22-30
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There is a great mystery of life
You must STRUGGLE if you ARE GOING TO GROW
Growth always means struggle in one form or another.
As a child we struggle trying to grow physically, teething babies
Children struggle to grow emotionally, balancing many emotions
Always easier to gain weight than lose it Studying is not very fun
Spiritually we do not become Godly when we first want to
it is a struggle called discipleship but when we struggle we grow.
Passage today points that out Vs 28 NIV
Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and men and have overcome.
Interesting episode, some will say metaphorical I don’t think so
Literal events, but don’t read too much into details
Jacob appears to be beating up on God angel afraid of light etc
3 principles we have to keep in mind when we meet God
1. Come Clean ABOUT WHO YOU ARE
Although God used Jacob he was not perfect by any means
Jacob was kind of person could enter a revolving door behind you
& come out ahead of you.”
When Jacob shook hands w\you, check to be sure still all 5 fingers
Jacob was A LIAR, A CHEAT, A CON ARTIST, and a crook
From womb he was younger of twins, but holding older bro’s heel
Jacob literally means “heel grabber” and “deceiver”
His older twin Esau as first born entitled to double portion of estate
Jacob swindled it from him not once but twice Gen 25 pot of stew
Gen 27 by deceiving dad on his deathbed. Jacob always out on top
Because of these things, Jacob had to leave town in a hurry
Spied beautiful woman Rachel but met his devious match
Laban Rachel’s dad sure marry my daughter if work 7 yrs ch 29
See Rachel had older sister Leah ugly duckling consolation prize
On wedding night after 7 yrs hard work surprised to find Leah
Laban she is oldest had to marry first, 7 more years for Rachel
Jacob chuckled at buy one get one free wife, cons admire good con
Jacob\Laban went into cattle business, Jacob good at it
But rambling man so wanted to move on, Laban said 1 more year
Then divide flock, Jacob said he’d take misfits, spotted speckled
But Jacob was the breeder so when cattle bred, don’t you know
Strongest cattle were spotted and speckled, 30:42
So Jacob loaded up his two wives and spotted strong cattle
Left in middle of night, Rachel stole some gold from dad
Laban chases Jacob who ends up running right toward Esau
20 years since seen him stole inheritance, Will Esau try to kill him?
Jacob thinking on his feet divides family and possessions
1st animals, goats, rams, camels, bulls, cows etc. said give to Esau
2nd wives, and maids, 3rd was to be Jacob, trying to soften Esau up
Jacob lived by his wits & wanted to get away with his life
It was middle of the night when Jacob set this all up
And he went across the Jabbok River by himself
When Jacob cannot sleep, but in wrestling match
Jacob was battling an angel and HIMSELF
His life was passing before his eyes, and not a pretty show
He was in a wrestling match and prize was his very soul
Jacob had to make peace w\his past, face himself, look in the mirror
When life is out of control, we are wrestling with God
Is God wrestling with you today? Are you resisting God?
Is there something you’re withholding from Him?
When we meet God, 1st come clean about who you are
God already knows its no news to God, still loves you
2. Call on GOD FOR HELP
Jacob was wrestling with who he was, what he had done
At his wits end longest night in his life fear, isolation & loneliness;
We have to admit WE NEED GOD
So God can show us WHAT WE CAN BECOME
Up till now, Jacob handled his life really well thank you
Jacob had been such a “schemer”.
Jacob’s whole life marked by getting into trouble & running away.
Now the jig is up Jacob needs God and knows it
Vs 26 NLT Jacob panted I will not let you go unless you bless me
Jacob is praying out of desperation
“I won’t let you go until you bless me.
I won’t let you go until I’m a new man - a different person."
Jacob panted, underline that, his whole life is on the line
He is standing before God, needs help
There is nothing like A LITTLE STRESS