Monday, July 06, 2015

Until You Bless Me

By Melanie Rigney

The man then said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go until you bless me.” (Genesis 32:27)

In justice, I shall behold your face, O Lord.  (Psalm 17:15a)

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” (Matthew  9:37)

Lord, may I, like Jacob, recognize you and have confidence in you always.

Painting by Gustave Dore
The wrestling between Jacob and the man (generally interpreted as angel) had gone on for hours, had continued even after the dislocation of Jacob’s hip. Still, Jacob refused to stop struggling without a blessing. The reading from Genesis 32 goes on to say Jacob, to be known henceforth as Israel, named the place Peniel, “Because I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been spared.”

Difficult and yet heady stuff at the same time. Imagine Jacob’s pain. Imagine his exhaustion. Still he knew, he knew, there was some God to be had in the experience. And he was right.

May we remember that as we deal with the minor and major annoyances life throws at us: A less than favorable medical diagnosis. The loss of a loved one. The aggravation of driving or public transportation or poor customer service.  Any sort of unwelcome change we did or didn’t introduce into our day-to-day. God doesn’t cause the bad things in our lives. But if we have faith in our struggle, He will bless us. Just don’t let go.

Ask God to bless you in your most challenging struggle today—and believe the blessing will come, sometimes in ways you least expect.

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