True reliance on God

June 20, 2018 by Dr. Jack Graham

When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.

–Genesis 32:25

Are you struggling with God? I mean, are you really wrestling with him over who’s in control of your life?

Well, you wouldn’t be the first. We find in Scripture that Jacob wrestled with God both spiritually and physically. And when God wounded Jacob in that wrestling experience, by taking his hip out of joint, Jacob learned life’s most important lesson.

That injury served as a painful reminder of when he finally came to the end of himself…to the end of his self-reliance, of his conniving, and of the capitulation of his faith.

But more than that, Jacob came to the place where he discovered what you and I…and every Christ follower…needs to know. It’s in our weakness that we are made strong!

You see, the blessing of God can only come when we are broken! God wants to get the “Jacob” out of each of us. And he will often use painful experiences to do it.

Thankfully, we can also choose to have a broken and contrite spirit before God, but the fact is that most of us go through the broken experiences to learn this lesson.

If God has broken you, throw yourself on his mercy. Let this be the end of yourself and the beginning of complete reliance on him.


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