This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break. When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket. Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!”
But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” Genesis 32:24-26
Sup planter! Schemer! Trickster! Swindler! What kind of thoughts must have run through his mind when he first understood the meaning of his name? For this was the literal translation of the name Jacob. He was born a twin. He was an answered prayer to a barren womb. He was the son of Isaac, the grandson of Abraham, and an identity thief. Jacob was insecure. He felt he needed a greater guarantee in life so he tricked his brother out of both his birthright and blessing. And though God continued to honor his covenant with Abraham through his descendants Jacob never bothered to know the God of his father Isaac or the God of his grandfather Abraham.
Jacob “the trickster” left home with nothing but a walking stick now he had thousands of cattle, sheep, oxen, donkeys, goats, and many servants, both men and women. He was divinely protected by a covenant. He was highly favored amongst men because of a stolen birth certificate. Yet Jacob had no peace. He was forever haunted by his unresolved guilt and an incessant fear of losing everything. Thankfully God needed Jacob! He needed to give birth to twelve tribes through Jacob’s seed. He needed to establish a new covenant with Jacob in order to advance his kingdom. He needed Jacob to become the nation Israel. So one night when Jacob was all alone a mysterious man invaded his camp and began to wrestle with him. Throughout the night they fought. And after the dawn came, even after dislocating his hip during the struggle, something inside Jacob awakened and he realized that this was his moment. This was the moment he had been waiting his entire life for! And he refused to let go until he received his blessing; not his brother’s blessing, not his father Isaac’s blessing, not his grandfather Abraham’s blessing, but his blessing from God.
“Your name will no longer be Jacob “trickster,” the man told him. “It is now Yisrael, because you have struggled with both God and men and have won. Then he blessed Jacob.”
Right now, here-now, this very moment! You can either lose or possess. You can either flower or wither away. You can either sanctify or sacrifice. You can either inherit or interfere. You have come so far. But why have you waited so long? How many more times is it going to be your season?
What God placed in your spirit is your birthright. What God nestled in your heart is His covenant. This is why you were supposed to be creating jobs for others by now. This is why you were supposed to be walking and talking with world leaders by now. This is why you were supposed to have made millions by now. You are the pearl God purchased over the pasture. You are the legacy God purchased over the lake. It may appear that you have claimed someone else’ birthright but it was your inheritance all along. You may have thought your name was Jacob but God has known you as Israel from the beginning of time!
The sun is hovering over your horizon; it is no longer spring. Someone has stolen the entire summer. And now you are in the early autumn of your Life. Mercifully there is still time! But winter will soon be here. Now you have to fight! Now you are going to have to wrestle through the entire night with your Angel! You can’t afford to let go until you’re blessed!