We attempt to do many different things in life to be successful. There are times when we totally depend on our intelligence, past experiences, methods, and hard work to be successful in life. When we fail to succeed, we blame circumstances or others or ourselves. But we fail to understand that all blessings come from God. Did not Apostle Paul say,
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ”
Our thought for reflection this Monday morning is, “Our God is the True Source of All Blessings.”
So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is day break.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
In order to receive blessings, all through his life, Jacob had been wrestling with Esau, Isaac, and Laban. He even thought that just by using deceptive ways and strives he could always succeed in life. And he did outdo his brother Esau and uncle Laban and succeed in life, by using even devious methods. We learn two key lessons on receiving God’s blessings from the life of Jacob:
1. Goddoes hold the key to all blessings.
In this passage, Jacob was determined not to let go the angel of God without blessing him: Jacob replied,
“I will not let you go unless you bless me”
(Genesis 32: 26b)
This incident shows that true blessing and even the possession of the Promised Land could come, not by deception or strife, but from Yahweh himself. Thus God who wanted to teach Jacob that true blessing was a gracious gift from God, intentionally initiated that incident in the life of Jacob. Jacob finally realized that it was Yahweh, who held the key to all blessings. Are we striving fruitlessly, too long, in our own ways, to receive blessings in our life, forgetting God, who is our true source of blessings?
2. God does at times, withholds His blessings.
When Jacob asked for blessing, the angel of God asked Jacob,
“What is your name?”
The moment Jacob confessed his name as “Jacob” which meant “deceiver”, the angel of God said,
“Your name will no longer be Jacob but Israel” and then blessed him”
Probably, it was Jacob’s realization of his sinful past as a supplanter or deceiver, resulted in God finally pronouncing his blessing upon him. Have we ever reflected on our past to know if there are any sins in our lives or disobedience to God which are causes for God withholding his blessings?
A.W. Tozer said,
“The goodness of God is the drive behind all the blessings He daily bestows upon us.”
“Dear Lord, forgive my own carnal attempts to be successful in my life. This morning I believe and confess that you are the true source of all blessings. Forgive me if my disobedience or sins have prevented you from blessing me. Like Jacob, I am determined to become a recipient of your blessings so that I can be a channel of blessing to many. Send me with your blessings as I begin another new day and a new week.
In Jesus’ name,... Amen!”
Blessed week ahead!