2 Chronicles 7:14 (AMP)
If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.
We continue our devotion with Require of necessity My face.
Psalm 27:8 (AMP)
You have said, Seek My face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]. My heart says to You, Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for, and require [of necessity and on the authority of Your Word].
Jacob had reached a place in his life where God was calling him back home. No longer would he be under the care and protection of his father-in-law Laban, but needed to step out of his comfort zone. Jacob knew the Lord was with him from everything he had gone through, but it was time to face his past.
Genesis 31:3 (AMP)
Then the Lord said to Jacob, Return to the land of your fathers and to your people, and I will be with you.
He gathered his wives, household, and his entire livestock and headed back to the land of Canaan.
Jacob started to fear this trip back home because this meant dealing with all the deception he caused towards his father and brother Esau. Physically moving some where else and not being in the presence of his family made it easier to forget about the past. He started a new chapter and commenced his new life. But when God calls us to the next phase, there are times we need to deal with some past issues in order to heal and move forward. Jacob was going through a process and God was physically and emotionally bringing him back.
Genesis 32:12 (AMP)
And You said, I will surely do you good and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.
Jacob started to proclaim the promise that God gave to Abraham, Isaac, and now to Jacob. He wasn’t sure how his future was going to pan out but he knew what was promised and he spoke out and re-affirmed what God had spoken to his forefathers.
He instructed his servants to send droves of herds to Esau with a message in hopes that if there were any anger and unforgiveness in his heart that it would be lessened by the physical gifts he was sending him.
The last night before seeing Esau, Jacob sends away his household to the ford of the Jabbok and he stays alone on the opposite side.
As night falls and he is all alone, God wrestles with him until daybreak. Jacob is struggling with all his past issues and is not letting go of the Mighty One. He fights and fights not giving up. He’s confronted face to face with the Lord.
Do you think there were moments that Jacob wanted to give up? Was he exhausted and could take a break?
As hard as Jacob fought through this physical and spiritual battle with God, this is the same way He wants us to come and hash out our issues. Even when we don’t get our way, God wants us to continue on with the battle. AND…. We don’t stop until we receive the blessing.
Jacob received his blessing and was given a new name because he was transformed from this experience. He no longer was the supplanter, schemer, trickster, and swindler. He was named Israel – Contender with God.
Genesis 32:30 (AMP)
And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel [the face of God], saying, For I have seen God face to face, and my life is spared and not snatched away.
He was delivered, took a deep breath, and knew that all the weight he carried was lifted and taken away. Israel was ready to see his brother and deal with whatever his future held for him.
To be continued… Next week we’ll conclude with ‘Turn from your wicked ways.’