Posted by: cindybythesea | February 28, 2012

Wrestling with God

     Jacob Wrestles God

What to do about Iran?  This is the question that everyone is asking but, no one can seem to answer.  Following a flurry of diplomatic exchange this past week, which, by all appearances seems to have gotten nowhere; Israeli, Prime Minister Netanyahu will travel to Washington DC on March 5, to meet with President Obama himself, in the hope, that this question might be satisfactorily answered, once and for all.

And, while the thought of a nuclear Iran makes more than a few of their neighbors  nervous (including, the West), it is Israel, who faces the greatest threat. For Iran has made it clear on more than one occasion, their first order of business should they obtain nuclear capability, would be to “wipe Israel from the face of the map”.

Therefore, Israel cannot afford to postpone a decision for action much longer. With each passing day, the threat becomes more viable and that much more difficult to defend against. With or without the support of fair-weather friends; Israel must act soon.  A decision to do otherwise could prove fatal; the tattooed numbers on the skin of the holocaust generation solemn testimony of the price for waiting too long.

So, what will they do?  Deciding that time is of the essence and tiring of the foot dragging, my best guess is that they will be left with no other choice, but, to go it alone.

In reading Genesis chapter 32, I am reminded of how Jacob was left alone to wrestle with God, the night before he was to face his brother Esau from whom he had been estranged for many years. Fearing for his life and the lives of his family, Jacob could not be sure that Esau would not take this opportunity to exact revenge upon him for the deception he had used in gaining his fathers patriarchal blessing; a blessing that by rights should have gone to Esau, the older brother.

It is while Jacob is alone and fearing for his life that God chose to teach Jacob a powerful lesson.

During the night, a *man appeared to Jacob with whom he wrestled or struggled with until dawn. A struggle that resulted in both a blessing and a name change, and, while it looked for a time as if Jacob might prevail, the blessing did not come until God first disabled Jacob’s strength. Teaching Jacob therefore, that it is not in strength that blessing is received, but, in weakness, for when we are weak, he is strong.

From that night forward, Jacob and his descendants would be known by the nane Israel, which means, “he who wrestled God.”  And, in many ways, Israel is still wrestling with God today. Seeking security and acceptance in a world that has no more room for the Jew today, than they had for the baby born in a manger 2,000 years ago.

The Israeli Defense Forces are among the best trained and best equipped armies in the world and I am praying for them to have victory over their enemies. But, ultimately, it will be weakness, not strength that brings Israel the blessing they desire, and a cry for help that will bring about the greatest miracle of all.  “Yeshua, save us!”

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

*Not a mere man, but, the pre-incarnate Jesus. No mere man nor angel could bless Jacob in this way.


  1. This must be.

    Israel will be alone. The Word has spoken it.

    Oh Lord, give strength to your saints that they may see your holy one.

    Hear Oh Israel……

    He trusted in God to deliver Him. Let Him deliver him, since He delighted in Him.


  2. I surely have to agree with that “through weakness”, thought. Ezekiel says that all nations will be against thee, which includes the US. Then He makes another point of reason to that, so that they are weakened and can not defend themselves, not they aren’t blessed or powerful or merited as in deserving God’s protection (they too have denied God and lived in disobedience and sin), but so that the whole world will know that it is God and God alone, that will save Israel. Lets not forget that it is God who will pull them by their teeth down on Israel. This is a God thing, and His doing, and His plan so that all will see and all will know that it is God who saves and is merciful and long-suffering, not willing that any should perish but come to repentance instead.
    I still wonder at the thought of that meeting between Jacob and Esau. I am sure the forces were outnumbered, and humility was served in abundance. My thought is that God softened Esau’s heart, perhaps reminding him of some favorable childhood days or moments, and reminding him too that they are brothers! Peace was obtained for that time, but we know not always, for it did not last through generations.

    [Excellent comment Tamra! And, I agree, God used this encounter with Jacob for softening Esau’s heart. Amazing, isn’t it, how an encounter with God can change things! Blessings sister and thanks so much for writing! C]

  3. Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield.


    The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land.
    A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.

    Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed down at the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it.

    My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned into fear unto me.

    Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield.

    For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.

    And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, and a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed:

    And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights:

    And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground

  4. Saudi Arabia is the biggest risk! Iran believes by taking out Saudi Arabia the 12 IMAM will come. Of course taking out Saudi Arabia will cause a huge economic bust to the US. It will then cause a great demand for rickshaws in America.

    [You really made me laugh with that one! With the rising gas prices here in Hawaii, we may the first to start that trend! Thanks for writing and thanks for the smile! Grace and blessings! C]

  5. Cindy
    I agree about the state of Israeli’s army–however for Israel to be brought to a place of repentance and seeing Jesus–it may require great pressure (or in Yiddish it is called Tsurus–or trouble). I believe they will be pushed into a corner where there is no other place for them to turn except Yeshua as Saviour. the late pastor Art Katz believes that Israel is going to suffer extreme humbling and destruction before repentance can occur–I am not sure we know for sure, but one thing we know is that Israel will repent in the last day according to Romans 9-11.

  6. A good. During these hard times. You can see more and more of the prophecies coming true. Am I the only one who thinks Israeli’s wont be getting the answer they want and or need when they meet with obama?

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