Crumbs – Wrestling with God

                                                                           

“He can outrun, outlift, outwrestle and throw down any man in Sangamon County,” said Bill Green, a store clerk in New Salem, Ill., as he watched the 22-year-old Lincoln whip all comers one day in 1831.” Fun Facts about Abraham Lincoln

   “Whatever happens with wrestling, my family comes first. Wrestling is in my blood, but my family is in my heart.” Hulk Hogan

                                                                           

“In the womb he grasped his brother’s heel; as a man he struggled with God. He struggled with The Angel and overcame Him; he wept and begged for His favor. He found him at Bethel and talked with Him there. The Lord God Almighty, the Lord is His name of renown.” Hosea 12:3-5

                                                               

Benedictine nun and writer, Joan Chittister “uses the Jacob story as a paradigm for a ‘spirituality of struggle.’ In Jacob’s story she identifies eight elements of our human struggle — change, isolation, darkness, fear, powerlessness, vulnerability, exhaustion, and scarring. . . But God does not leave us there, says Chittister, and in each human struggle there is a corresponding divine gift available to us — conversion, independence, faith, courage, surrender, limitations, endurance, and transformation. ‘Jacob does what all of us must do,’ writes Chittister, ‘if, in the end, we too are to become true. He confronts in himself the things that are wounding him, admits his limitations, accepts his situation, rejoins the world, and moves on.”

     “The strategy employed by a submission fighter is to score a takedown on the opponent. From there he will work to get himself into a dominant position. Finally, from his superior position he will apply a submission hold. After that he just waits for the tap.” MMA-Training.com

“In God’s eyes, he was not the Jacob, the liar, the supplanter, the deceiver; but Israel, the prince with God. But it took 50 years for the wonder of it all to come home to him. . . Like Jacob, we find it very hard to ascertain our spiritual growth; the very construction of our natures makes 100 % accurate self-examination impossible. It’s not only that we fail to perceive all our errors; we also fail to realize when we have made a significant turn for the better in our lives. Yet God perceives this, as He did with Jacob that night when He renamed him. This perhaps the hardest struggle we have; to really grasp the height of God’s positive perception of us. It took Jacob, spiritual hero that he was, 50 years. CareLinks Ministries – Bible Lives

               “The wrestling angel gifted Jacob with a limp as a permanent reminder of his encounter with God. Jacob’s life-long policy was to run. His final glory was that he learned to lean. (Hebrews 11:21). A wound is a good thing if it is accepted as a stewardship from God, appropriated as a channel of God’s strength and consecrated to God’s purpose. Where dependence is the objective, weakness is the advantage.” Ronnie Stevens                                       

“All adverse and depressing influences can be overcome, not by fighting, by rising above them.”  Charles Caleb Colton

                                                                          

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