After he had sent them across, he also sent across all that he owned, but he stayed behind, alone. Then a man came and wrestled with him until just before daybreak. Genesis 32:23 – 24 GNB
It’s been a while since I last wrote. It’s been quite an interesting time following the scheme of things going on in my own life. And so also was it for our father Jacob. He was still lost in his thoughts wondering what he would do about the situation he now faced.
He had spent 20 years of his life acquiring things. In the mean time, he had acquired two wives, two concubines, hosts of servants, sheep and cattle. He had come to Laban’s house empty handed, but he left that house full of acquisitions from 20 years of service.
Now, he was facing a new threat – his brother Esau. He had plotted and planned on how to appease him; but all his plans seemed incapable of placating an angry Esau. He had spent 20 years acquiring people and properties, but it dawned on him that none of these could help him in the situation he was currently facing. As far as his problems were concerned, he was perfectly helpless.
Has it not happened to many even in our present day? We always have cause to believe that if we had this or that, then life would be easier for us. Sometimes we wish that we would get a higher certificate. Sometimes we wish we would go abroad. Sometimes we wish we know the right people in important places. We believe that all these could have helped us achieve our purpose in life. But this is not always true, it is only part of the philosophies that the enemy employs to place us under the tyranny of things.
So, Jacob crossed over his wives and children, his servants, his cattle and sheep, and all that he owned; “and by evening, he was alone.”
Now, quietly, God was beginning to have Jacob’s attention. All that Jacob had set before himself as achievements, he crossed them to other side and stayed on his own. He was at this point a desperate man who needed Divine intervention.
The Almighty God says, “Look to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth, for I am God and there is none else.” Isaiah 44 vs. 22.
There are times in our lives when we need a reminder that there is only one God. Yes, we are Christians, we believe in the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, but in our hearts, we have glorified some things as God.
That word “God” is essentially a title. It describes the one who ‘creates’, and who has the right to affect one’s present and influence one’s future. So, whatever you look to to affect your present and influence your future has become ‘God’ in your life. For some believers, it is certificate. They look forward to a particular certificate as their ‘God’. Some look forward to connections to important people in high places as their ‘God’. Some look to going abroad as their ‘God’. However, the Almighty reminds us that He alone is ‘God’.
Jacob was now coming to this realization. Unless Jehovah helps him, he is finished. It doesn’t matter the size of his household, the amount of cattle and sheep he had. Except Jehovah helps him, he is finished. So, there came a man, as Jacob sat alone, and wrestled with him till the breaking of the day.
It was funny because here was Jacob with all his hosts of properties and acquisitions, yet he laid hold of a ‘man’ who had nothing on him and begged for a blessing. What was the man supposed to bless him with? It simply means that Papa Jacob was beginning to come to terms with the fact that there are realities beyond the physical achievements of a man. He was beginning to understand who the real ‘God’ is- it is not hardwork, it is not connections, it is not money, it is not certificates, but Jehovah. He alone is ‘God’.
We will leave him wrestling with his man… Now let us come to us. Who is our ‘God’? Is it Jehovah or something else? Now don’t be in a hurry to answer. Check your heart with the following questions:
Do you see yourself feeling bad because you have not attained some levels in life which others have attained?
Do you see yourself feeling that the reason you are where you are now is because of something or someone that you don’t have?
Are you angry with anyone currently because you felt he could have helped you get a job or achieve something in life but he didn’t? So, you now feel that you are were you are because he did not help you?
When people come around you with the level of success you have achieved, do they go out from your presence with a sense of awe for the Almighty God, or do they go with a sense of awe at the power of hardwork, connections, certificates, etc.?
If you answered yes to any of these, you may need to go alone for a season… And deal with the abnormality in your heart. There is only one ‘God’…. His name is YHWH. May you be helped to fully understand this.