“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 socket.” Genesis 32:24-25, NLT
For many people, wanting to be in control is their biggest struggle in life. That was Jacob’s problem – he tried controlling his life to such an extent that one night he went one-on-one with God and wrestled an angel all night long.
Think about the biggest problem you’ve got right now, and it most likely boils down to these two questions: “Will I trust God?” and “Will I obey God?” No matter what your problem is – financial, physical, relational, social, or vocational – your biggest problem is not your problem. The real problem is whether you choose to obey and trust God.
God doesn’t want your life to be painful, but He often allows an uncontrollable crisis in your life in order to get your attention. Jacob walked with a limp his entire life, which was a constant reminder of his struggle. Do you think God had his attention?
How does God use a crisis? You are more likely to change when the pain you feel exceeds your fear of change. You don’t change when you see the light; you change when you feel the heat. All of a sudden, you’re flat on your back and forced to look up.
Where are you struggling with God? What will it take for you to trust and obey Him in every area of your life?