Prayer: Align your will to ours, God, as we wrestle with you. Amen.
Reading: Genesis 32:3-31 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: When I was in school, my least favorite unit in gym class was wrestling. One of the reasons is because I just didn’t know or understand the moves so I just did what my instincts told me. More often than not, I got pinned because I didn’t really know what I was doing.
Imagine having to wrestle God! Even if you were proficient in the moves of wrestling, I bet God would put it to you every time. Jacob got his hip displaced because of his wrestling match with God. He even got a new name after the match.
We may even wrestle with God today. We may be reluctant to do what God might be calling us to do. We may even say, “No.” But God has a way of winning the match. God’s Will will prevail!
Getting to know more about “the moves” by reading the Bible might help you to align with God more and help you wrestle less often. When you feel like you are wrestling with our Lord, turn to God’s word to help you find out what move to make next! --Chad Hershberger
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