Jacob had finally reached the proverbial end of his rope. After years of scheming and swindling, he was about to face a situation he knew he could not manipulate to his favor. Humbled and afraid, he asked God for deliverance. Would He deliver him from Esau?
We can’t miss that word, deliver. It’s important because it connotes that Jacob was helpless; he needed deliverance by another. And with that in mind, we see God answer Jacob’s prayer that same night. In the wrestling match, God would drive Jacob toward deeper humility through wounding his thigh and asking his name. And it would be through this deepened humility that God would provide deliverance.
This is how God works in our lives as well. We too need deliverance by another, not from an angry sibling but from sin. And humility is the same path for us as well—we call out to Christ to save us. And when we do, God responds to us in our posture of humility and raises us up with Christ.
In what areas of your life do you need to humble yourself and turn them over to God?