Jacob refused to let go of the angel that was wrestling with him. Genesis 32:26 says, “And He said, Let Me go, for the day breaks. But he said, I will not let You go unless You bless me!”
Have you ever wrestled with God over an issue in your life? It is in the wrestling that the inner change comes. Jacob knew what the Lord had promised, and he was not going to give it up.
Circumstances in Jacob’s life were hard. He labored for a deceitful man. All the while he held onto God’s promise to take care of him and return him to his home place.
We do not wrestle with a physical angel as Jacob did. We wrestle with thoughts, mindsets, and strongholds. What God has said, He will do. There is no question.
However, we may play presumptuous scenes in our mind, or negative dialogue against a person or circumstances, or allow doubt, fear, or unbelief to creep in. Each one of these will begin the process of undermining our faith.
That is why Ephesians 6:16 says to take up the shield of faith. Only our faith will quench the fiery dart lies of the enemy. Here is another verse. 1 Thessalonians 5:8 says, “But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.”
The breastplate protects our heart which is our belief center. Anything done in our own strength will not be from love but from our own selfish ambitions. Love and faith are both persevering gifts from the Lord.
The helmet of salvation protects our minds. It is our anchor of hope in the storms of our life. 1 Corinthians 13:13 says, “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” Sowing tenacity is essential for us to finish well.