There is a constant battle going on inside of us. The battle is between our flesh and our spirit. Sometimes we wrestle within ourselves because our spirit wants to do one thing and our flesh of course wants to do another. Often, God brings us to a place of wrestling. We can even feel like we are wrestling with God. At this place, peace seems to be something we cannot attain (at least for an extended period of time).
God leads us to the place of wrestling to show us that we cannot do anything without Him. He wants us to lean on Him….most of all, He wants us to surrender.
Are you wrestling with God? Just wave the white flag and surrender. Trust me, I know surrendering can be very difficult. There are even times when I have to ask God to help me to surrender! He will do just that!
Romans 7: 14-25 (NIV)
Paul reminds us:
We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Genesis 32: 22-28 (NIV)
That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”
“I will not let you go unless you bless me.” The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”