7 Yet your father has deceived me and changed my wages ten times, but God did not allow him to hurt me.
No matter what we are facing, God is always protecting us!
30 And now you have surely gone because you greatly long for your father’s house, but why did you steal my gods?”
We must guard our hearts from those things that can distract us from our love for God. There are all kinds of idols that want our devotion. We must never think that as long as we are not lighting incense and bowing down to a stone god, we are alright. We must constantly be aware of what we are bowing down to in our hearts, lest we find ourselves with terribly misplaced devotion.
28 And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” 29 Then Jacob asked, saying, “Tell me Your name, I pray.”And He said, “Why is it that you ask about My name?” And He blessed him there. 30 So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: “For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.”
It is believed by bible scholars that this is what is called a ‘Christophany’, a physical pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus Christ. One of the reasons we believe this, is because Jacob said, “…I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” when Moses asked to see God’s glory, He told him, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.”
What an incredible experience it must have been to have wrestled with Jesus. How often do we do wrestle with God, struggle with what He is wanting to do in us. A wrestling match with the Lord is a wrestling match that we are never going to win. It is always better to rest in His desire for our lives, feel the peace that comes from that resting, and leave the wrestling for someone else.