Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Genesis 32:24-26, 28, 29b

Monday, July 25, 2011 – Proper 13 & Ordinary 18, Year A

I hope you were able to keep cool over the very hot weekend. The lectionary selections for this week include: Genesis 32:22-31; Psalm 17:1-7, 15; Romans 9:1-5 and Matthew 14:13-21. The alternate readings include: Isaiah 55:1-5 and Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21.

Genesis 32:24-26, 28, 29bJacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go for day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.”…Then the man said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.”…And there he blessed him.

Have you ever wrestled with God? From simple choices to life-altering decisions, I would guess most of us have done just that at least once. The good news in this scripture is that even the great forebears of our faith have wrestled with God.

Prayer: Patient God, we often refuse to hear your voice, your direction. Continue to nudge us toward you despite ourselves. AMEN.

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