A few weeks ago in class a comment was made as we discussed the implications of a certain passage that the grace was found in the wrestling.
The person referred to the incident of Jacob wrestling with God in Genesis.
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 daybreak." But Jacob replied, "I will not let you go unless you bless me." The man asked him, "What is your name?" "Jacob," he answered. Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome." Jacob said, "Please tell me your name." But he replied, "Why do you ask my name?" Then he blessed him there. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared."
Jacob wrestled with this person until he had won, until he obtained a blessing. Jacob was not one to pass by a blessing either. He bartered with Esau for the birthright blessing and tricked his father for the blessing that he could get before his father died. So when Jacob encounters this person clearly not of the natural realm, he is anxious for another blessing. And he fights for it. Even when he is injured he continues to fight for the blessing, sure that one is to be found.
There is something incredibly profound in that thought Â? that the grace is found in the wrestling. When we have to deal with hard things and we struggle with them, we slowly learn, we slowly grow. The grace is found in the wrestling with the issue or the habit or the thought. Oftentimes we are given just enough grace to continue on with the battle for a little longer. Sometimes the grace is in the short respite we are given from the struggle. Or the grace is found as westrugglee to understand something a bit more deeply, sometimes from a different perspective than what we had before. When we persevere, when we have dealt with whatever it is, we get to see a little bit of God - and we live.