If you are joining me today from the Proverbs 31 devotional, welcome! I’m glad you stopped by.
Like many of you, I have started reading the Bible through this year. After Christmas, I was anxious to get started, so I have plunged into Genesis. What a book of adventure!
In Genesis 32:22 – 32, Jacob entered the wresting match of a lifetime. Can you even imagine? Getting into a match with the Almighty One? As if it wasn’t enough stress, meeting his brother, who last time he knew wanted to kill him! Now, trying to rest for the evening, he finds Himself fighting with the Holy One. As “the man” announces the end of the competition, Jacob says “No it is not; not until you bless me”.
Have you ever felt that you are in the middle of a wrestling match? We sure have. Like most families, we love the holidays. Love the songs, movies, decorations, baking and the many traditions we have created and carried down from our own upbringings. But this year, Greg and I found December to be filled with combat. Three days before Christmas, my book proposal was rejected for the second time that month. Greg faced obstacles like never before in his occupation in light of the present economy. The days seemed anything but “merry and bright”.
So, the question is: will I stay in the “ring” until the Lord blesses me? Am I in the competition to win or am I ready to throw in the towel?
Paul encourages us in 1 Corinthians 9:24 “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.”
In 2008, I saw many choose to get out of the “ring”. Life was hard; they bailed. I don’t know if it is that thing many call “mid-life crisis”, the times we are living in or both. What I do know, is that it is not the way that we start the race; it is the way that we finish that counts.
Don’t give up! While you are wrestling with God, give it all your might! Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the strength that only He can give. Don’t quit, my friend! While you are struggling, look around you. There is probably a friend nearby who is also struggling. Encourage her and win together!