Summary: Ok, Ok, you’re probably wondering what the title of this sermon is all about. Well, the letters “WWF” don’t stand for the World Wrestling Federation. They stand for Wrestling With the Father. And today’s message is about a man who did just t
Ok, Ok, you’re probably wondering what the title of this sermon is all about. Well, the
letters “WWF” don’t stand for the World Wrestling Federation. They stand for Wrestling
With the Father.
And today’s message is about a man who did just that. Jacob wrestled with the Lord. And
although he didn’t exactly win the match, he won a whole lot more. Let’s read about it.
Have you ever been in a wrestling match? Most of the guys here today have probably
wrestled before, at least for fun. It’s kind of a guy thing to do. I used to wrestle once and
awhile with my dad, until finally I got too big for him.
At camp this summer, I wrestled with some of our boys during swim time (remember
Jophet?) Just the other day, my girls and I were in a swimming pool and I wrestled with them.
And you know something? I think I’m getting old. I used to throw the kids around so easily, but
now I have to work at it! And now, when I’m finished these wrestling matches, I’m wiped out!
But can you imagine what it would be like to be in a wrestling match with God? Talk about
being worn out!
Yet, that’s exactly what Jacob did.
This is a strange and inticing passage of Scripture. As one Bible commentator said, “This
passage raises more questions than answers.” Yet there are some basic truths about Jacob’s
experience that I believe are worth while learning.
So let’s examine some of these truths about Jacob’s wrestling match with God.
I IT WAS A NECESSARY EXPERIENCE
A Did you notice that Jacob did not initiate this wrestling match?
1. The man approached him.
2. By all indications, the Lord was the one who started it! He provoked the struggle!
B Now, the question begs to be asked, “Why did the Lord want to wrestle with Jacob?”
1. Well, I don’t know if we can completely answer that question, but we do know this. IT
WAS SOMETHING THAT GOD WANTED TO DO!
2. We should know that God wants to be actively engaged in our lives.
C This wrestling match was not only something that God wanted, but it was something that
Jacob needed. (EXPLAIN)
1. It was the night before Jacob’s reunion with his brother Esau.
2. The last time Jacob saw Esau was shortly after he had tricked him out of his
birthright. The last words he heard from Esau were “I’m going to kill you.”
3. So Jacob was going back to “face the music” after years of self imposed exile. He was
scared. He didn’t know what his brother would do.
4. But more than that, I believe Jacob really needed to know that he could be
a. He had been such a “schemer”. His whole life was marked by getting into trouble
and then running away.
b. I think Jacob was tired of running. THIS WAS AN EMOTIONAL TIME FOR HIM!
D Although we may not enjoy such times, we too have our wrestling matches with God. And
we NEED these times.
1. Sometimes we wrestle with God over problems we don’t understand.
2. Sometimes we wrestle with God over His will for our lives.
3. Sometimes we wrestle with God because of questions that haunt us.
4. Sometimes we wrestle with God (like Jacob) because of a deep desire for blessing.