” I will not let you go until you have given me your blessing. Genesis 32:26
After working untiring for his mother’s brother for fifteen years, now was the time for Jacob to return to his homeland to face Esau, his brother and rival. He was full of fear and distressed. In his anguish Jacob prayed to God, precisely to remind him of his promise and his ‘ faithfulness ‘.
Taking with him his servants, the flocks, the herds and camels, his two wives and children, Jacob sent them ahead with a present for his brother Esau. At night when Jacob had sent his two wives, his two maidservants and his eleven sons, crossed the ford of the Jabbok and across the stream was left alone.
Then a man wrestled with him until daybreak. This was a struggle between God and Jacob. When the man saw that he could not get the better of Jacob, he struck him in the socket of his hip and dislocated it as he wrestled with him. The man asked to go but Jacob refused to let him go unless he gives him his blessing on Jacob. He was no longer be called Jacob but Israel, for he had been strong-with-God.
Because Jacob understood better the reason for so many, trials and delays, he addressed the one who blocked his way and who alone, could change Esau’s disposition. He became strong against God and demanded he kept his promises : I will not let you go until you have given me your blessing. Believing that God would bring him beyond if he asks with faith.
Cling to what is good.