Win An Argument With God? – Genesis 32:25
Can you win an argument with God? I know one who did. His name was Jacob and he was Abraham’s grandson. You might think that if he did win an argument with God it was probably because he was such a fine upstanding man but that is not the case. His name means “supplanter” and carries the idea of deceiver and trickster. That was an apt name because he tricked his brother Esau out of his birthright and deceived his father into a blessing meant for his brother. So he was no candidate for “Man of the Year.”
Jacob’s encounter with God occurred one evening as he was on his way back to face the music with his estranged brother. He was pretty nervous about it and went off by himself. There he wrestled all night with a man (who was really God). “When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 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 32:25-26) Pretty nervy thing to say to God, huh?
Well, Jacob got his blessing though he walked with a limp the rest of his life. There is a price you know, if you want the very deep things of God. “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.” (Verse 28) What that means is that God gave him a whole new character; He changed him down to his DNA. Israel means: “he struggles with God.”
Is there something you want so much you would struggle with God for the whole night to get it? Would you refuse to let Him go until he blesses you with the answer? If so, step forth. Believe me, there are certain arguments God is aching to lose.