After Jacob had sent presents ahead of him with his servants, with the hope of appeasing his brother, he himself stayed the night in the camp. However, he could not sleep and so rose up that night and took his two wives, his womenservants and his eleven sons and sent them over the Jabook ford. And when he was left alone, a man wrestled him until the break of dawn. When the man saw the Jacob was strong and dominating, the man touched his thigh’s socket and got it out of joint as he wrestled with Jacob. But Jacob clung on and would not let go of the man. When the day was about to break, the man said “Let me go” to which Jacob responded “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.” (Genesis 32:21-26)
Points to ponder:
Like Jacob, when we are unable to rest (sleep), lonely, in dark times (before the break of day), we must cling on to Jesus Christ, and seek his blessings and never let go. Are you clinging on to God?
Genesis 32:21-26 (KJV)
21 So went the present over before him: and himself lodged that night in the company.
22 And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.
23 And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.
24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.