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Thursday, January 22, 2009

I Will Not Let You Go

"For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there, But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
So shall My word be that goes forth from
My mouth; It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."
Isaiah 55:10-11 (NKJV)

Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day... And He said, "Let Me go, for the day breaks." But he said, "I will not let You go unless You bless me!"
Genesis 32:24-26 (NKJV)

My four-year-old son Daniel loves to leap on his daddy and yell, "I got you!" The two wrestle as equals, until Daniel prevails victorious and Daddy succumbs in willing defeat.

Jacob wrestles with the Angel of YHWH (a manifestation of God Himself). Jacob prevails, holding onto the Lord and insisting, "I will not let You go." One cannot help but smile as God becomes a willing captive, and goes along with the charade as an opportunity to bless.

When a child of God reads His Word, the encounter can be approached like an adult's brisk handshake, or like a wrestling match in which we hold on and insist "I will not let You go unless You bless me." The Lord readily becomes a willing captive to the sincere heart, and pours out understanding through His Holy Spirit so that His Word may accomplish all He pleases.

Abba, our Papa, we too frequently come to You as busy grown-ups, with things to do, places to go, people to meet—often on only our computers. Please help us come to You as little children, eager to wrestle with You in prayer and in Your Word, persisting until we know we've been blessed.

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  1. Amen my dear friend, love you.

  2. How nicely you said this! We're often too busy with our own little goals and projects to remember the source of all things.

    As the Lord says, His word does not return void. His plans do not go undone. We need to wrestle with Him to learn of His greater ways.


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