THE LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Thursday, January 2, 2020.
ALONE WITH GOD
READ: Genesis 32:22-32
And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.
And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.
And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.
And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.
Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew that shrank.
MEMORISE: Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day (Genesis 32:24)
We all see what happened in the book of Genesis chapter 32, how Jacob wrestled with an angel of God, after sending his family forward on his way to meet his brother, Esau. Even this supernatural being did not prevail against him (verse 25). Hello, brothers and sisters, have we had cause to “wrestle” with God, rightly, or do we keep holding tenaciously to our own desires? God has solution to our situations. What was Jacob’s? He had a lot to settle with his brother, Esau, and with God. He had supplanted much, and was being hunted by his past. That so called affliction of yours might be result of your ungodly past!
Jacob had his name changed. That was a spiritual change of his nature, a foundational blessing that far exceeded others (vv. 26-29). Jacob had a definite encounter with God, and he kept the memorial of it (v. 30). Do you keep memorials of your special encounters with God? Don’t be like Saul (1 Sam. 15:12) and Absalom (2 Sam. 18:18) who both went ahead to build monuments to commemorate themselves, rather than in the praise of the great God they had encountered. Whatever and wherever, let us seek to be alone with God at our own Peniel. But beyond what Jacob did, we should make ours a regular and frequent meeting with God.
Note how Jacob’s challenges led him to a glorious encounter with God. We can also allow our trials to take us to God, rather than into the waiting arms of Satan who can only make us worse off, no matter the deceitful transient relief. Get shut in with God when afraid, or when besieged by life’s challenges.
1. Lord Jesus, I pray for divine encounter that will speak solution to my situation.
2. My God and my Father, let me experience Your mercy that will usher in a definite encounter to change my story, positively.
3. Lord, when I face challenges, grant me the grace that overcomes.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Genesis 3 – 5; Matthew 2