Wrestling with God: sin (Genesis 32)
Why did JACOB wrestle with GOD?
Many people are scared to struggle through their issues with God. The moment they begin to think about their past or a sin they are struggling with, they try to change the subject so that they don’t have to deal with it. But we all need a moment (or more) in our life when we spend significant time wrestling with God. What happens when we wrestle with God?
When we wrestle with God…
We come face to face with our past
in order to overcome our present sin.
We come face to face with humility
and realize that it is God’s blessing.
We come face to face with God
and realize God is full of grace.
WRESTLING with our PAST
When you wrestle with God, what are you focused on? Do you dwell upon the past, or do you look forward to the good God has for you?
God is able to make something beautiful
out of your brokenness.
1. Have you ever wrestled with God about an issue in your life? How long did this match last? Have you avoided talking with God about an issue because you know what He will tell you?
2. Read 2 Corinthians 1:8-10. Have you ever been under such pressure that it felt like it was far beyond your ability to endure? What does Paul mean when he talks about feeling “the sentence of death”? Why did this hardship happen to them (verse 9)? Will you allow that to be your perspective: trials happen to force you to rely upon God?
3. According to 1 Peter 1:6-7, the trials in your life prove the genuineness of your faith. When you go through a refining fire, it burns away everything except that which is vital to your faith. How has God refined you lately? Has God wrestled something away from you in order to build your character?
4. Discuss the difference between seeing God face to face in His “full” glory versus His “veiled” glory (Exodus 33:11,20; John 1:18; 1 John 4:12). What does it mean for God to abide in us?
Applying the Word to Life
5. Are you willing to do a genogram (family tree which displays detailed data)? What will you find in your family’s past? What good traits were passed down to you? Are there any sins which have affected your family tree? Remember, even the best of families (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob) have a past. What step will you take to break the chain of sin?
6. If God needs to humble you in an area, will you look at it as a blessing? As you walk with a limp, will you learn to trust God?