“I will not let thee go except thou bless me” (Gen. 32:26). The angelic man who wrestled with Jacob said,” Let me go.”
Heaven-sent privileges may be very short, “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:”
Let us learn from the phrase here of sitting together in Christ, We as believers shall certainly partake of the same kingly state and dignity, of the same honour and glory, 0f the same delight and pleasure, of the same rest and tranquillity, of the same state and security with Christ in heaven. The lord hath made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
The feet of God’s messengers are never to soon or to late. God’s word is always on time, (Gal.4:4) “But when the time had come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.”
The Lord has given us a precious privilege. Jacob was met by one who could bless him, “There wrested a man with him” “Except Thou bless me.”
Jesus has come into the world to bless us, “Unto you first, God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities” (Ac. 3:26).
In the reading or preaching of the Word of God people will meet Jesus Christ, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.”
Jacob was brought into a personal canntact with him, “There wrestled a man with him.” It is a solemn thing to get into grips with the striving Spirit of God. Jesus will not always strive with us, “And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man,” (Gen.6:3).
Nothing grieves the Spirit of God more sorely than fleshly lusts.
Every fresh indulgence of sin is a new resistance against God’s striving.
When the Spirit of God is resisted; his calls become less sensible, till he is withdrawn (I.Tim. 4:1) declares, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; “Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;”
When God strives no more, then people rush headlong into sin and ruin. Men should pray, Lord, take not thy Holy Spirit from us.
Christ comes to convince of sin, he wrestles with us because we struggle against Him, (Gal. 5:17) “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”
Jacob was not aware that the time was uncertain. The day was breaking and He may soon depart, (Mt. 24:44) “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”
The day will either bring deliverance or disappointment, “Behold, now is the day of salvation, To-day, if you will hear His voice, harden not your heart” (II.Cor. 6: 2, 3). There was a a definite purpose.” He was convicted of his need. “I will not let thee go” His resisting power was broken down” (v.25).
It is not easy to wrestle with a thigh out of joint, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us” (Heb.12:1).
When the Spirit God persuades a person of there sin, there will soon follow the cry for mercy.
When the fountain of earthly pleasure has been dried up there will be a crying after Him who is the Fountain of living water. Bless me, 0 my Father, also.
Jacob was conscious of his present opportunity. He realised that the victory must be now or never.
What a crisis. Is he to be blessed or unblessed by this special time? What is this day of grace, this day of Divine pleading, what will it bring forth for you? Remember the time is short, and remember Lot’s wife.
Jacob wast horoughly decided in his heart “I will not let thee go except.”
Such a holy determination will never go unblessed, “Thou shalt find Me when thou shalt seek for Me with all thy heart. “ Great is thy faith, be it unto thee even as thou wilt” (Mt.15: 28). What wilt thou that I should do unto thee ?
By faith the walls of Jericho fell down (Heb.11:30) “By faith the walls of Jericho came down, after they had been circled for seven days.”