Jacob’s name meant “Deceiver” and he had spent most of his life trying to grasp at blessings which the LORD was only too happy to give him! As child of the promise, his inheritance, his birthright, his blessing were all secure and yet Jacob plots, haggles, connives and lies to get what he wants. All his scheming, though, was leading up to a decisive encounter with the Angel of the LORD, the pre-incarnate Christ, (cf Hosea 12:3-5).
In wrestling with God – and losing – and in seeing Christ face to face Jacob becomes who he truly is: “Israel.” From then on he walks with a limp and so becomes an example for all who would follow. If we would be a true Israelite – a true member of God’s people – then we must learn Israel’s lesson. Our lives are not grasped but received.
We don’t need to scheme, we can trust. The LORD Jesus is the One we need, not abstract blessings. But to have Him means treading His path – through struggle. The people of God are not meant to
duck and dive. We walk with a limp because we walk in Christ.
PRAY to know Christ ‘face to face’, to desire Him more than blessing, and to walk well no matter the limp.