Basic Bible Studies
Wrestling with God
His Sheep Am I (Psalm 23)
Attitude is Everything
Why Study The Bible?
Basic Rule for Bible study
Small Group Bible Study
It's Time To Grow Up
The Seven I am's
Wrestling with God
Prayer Changes Things Pt 1
Prayer Changes Things Part 2
2 Timothy 3:16
Know the Difference 2 Cor 13:5
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Part 1 : Why Should We Wrestle With God?

Genesis 32:24Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day.......... 28And He said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed."

Jacob wrestled with God because God had promised Jacob that He would allow Jacob to fill the earth with his descendants and now it appeared that Esau was coming to end that promise. Jacob now had to struggle with his faith in God, faith that God would be true to His word and that God was in control, not men, therefore He wrestled with his faith in God verses his faith put with men.

25Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob's hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. 26And He said, "Let Me go, for the day breaks." But he said, "I will not let You go unless You bless me!"

When Jacob proclaimed this (“I will not let You go), he was saying, “My faith is in God and His blessing and I will not let go of You, even if You destroy my body.” Take my flesh (from the earth), but not my soul (that You created in Heaven).

Ephesians 6:10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness

Jacob was able to fight against the evil forces fighting within him, that were saying, “You are not worthy, so God will not protect you, even though He promised that He would.” Jacob prevailed because he put his faith in God!

Genesis 18:22Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the LORD. 23And Abraham came near and said, "Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked?

Now we have Abraham wrestling with God.

25Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" 26So the LORD said, "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes." 27Then Abraham answered and said, "Indeed now, I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord

Abraham knew that he was not worthy to stand before the Lord (I who am but dust and ashes), but he wanted to know God better and this pleased God. By knowing God better, Abraham’s faith and love for God could grow. Abraham had a relationship with God.

Jonah 1:7And they said to one another, "Come, let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us." So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. 8Then they said to him, "Please tell us! For whose cause is this trouble upon us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?" 9So he said to them, "I am a Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land."

We see here that Jonah feared the power of God, but that he still was lacking faith in God. His faith in God and in God’s favor with him was not strong enough for him to go to Nineveh and face the evil of men there. So Jonah needed to wrestle with God. He wasn’t going to have faith unless he saw the miracles of God.

Let us now review our three points:

God will test you to see if your faith lies with God or with men

God will show you that He wants a personal relationship with you

God will give you miracles if that is what it takes for you to have faith in Him

In summary, God does want us to wrestle with Him so that we can know and understand Him, so that our Love for Him and our Faith in Him is constantly growing stronger.