[9And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your kindred, and I will do you good,’ 10I am not worthy of the least of all the steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan; and now I have become two companies. 11Deliver me, please, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I am afraid of him; he may come and kill us all, the mothers with the children. 12Yet you have said, ‘I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted because of their number.’“ 13So he spent that night there, and from what he had with him he took a present for his brother Esau,] 22The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. 24Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.25When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26Then he said, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.” 27So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28Then the man said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.” 29Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. 30So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.” (Genesis 32:[9-13] 22-30, NRSV)
Have you ever wrestled with something at night?
It seems when the darkness comes and closes in on us and we are alone the demons come out to haunt us. We think about all the things that could happen, everything that could possibly go wrong. We mull over events of the day and wonder how we could have done everything better.
We want to do everything right and have things turn out the way we want.
Jacob was worried about meeting his brother, who he took everything from. Jacob was worried about what would happen.
So he wrestled with it all night, and as the day was breaking Jacob wouldn’t let go unless he was blessed.
So the man blessed him and changed his name because Jacob did not give up.
Do we give up too easily?