16. Struggling is good for you (2)

Last week we used the illustration of a moth struggling to get out of its cocoon. A well meaning environmentalist helped to free him from the cocoon while he was struggling to get out, but in doing that he denied the moth the chance to develop his wings and in the end he caused his death. Then we looked at our children and the need for them to struggle in order to make it out of the cocoon and learn from the process.

Today we will talk about the effect of struggling for ourselves.

The most prominent struggle in the Old Testament was when Jacob struggled with God. I am sure all of you know the story. Jacob was on his way back to his home land, back to be reconciled with Esau, but before he crossed the Jabbok river, the Lord came and he wrestled with God one whole night.

Genesis 32:24 "This left Jacob alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until dawn."

And when the sun rose, the 'man' wanted to leave, but Jacob wouldn't let him go. Then the 'man' said:

Genesis 32:28 "Your name will no longer be Jacob," the man told him. "It is now Israel, because you have struggled with both God and men and have won."

You see Jacob had to struggle in order to change. He changed from being Jacob - the one who deceives - to Israel, the beloved nation of the Lord.

At some point or another we are all struggling with something. It might be past hurts, it might be a disease with which we are diagnosed, it might be our work, we might be struggling to know our purpose in life, we might be struggling in certain relationships, whatever it may be, we all struggle at some point.

But the most wonderful part of it is that God is busy strengthening our wings in the process. He doesn't bring the hurt our way to chastise us, no He allows it to strengthen us. We might struggle and it might be painful, but once we get out of the cocoon, we are ready to fly. We break free from the things we have been struggling with and we leave it behind, never to think of it again. We can start anew, fresh and we can spread our wings, just like Israel did. We can confidently start with the new life that God has planned for us. We are no longer Jacob, the one who deceives, no, we change into Israel, God's beloved.

Thank you that You are there in the midst of our struggles. Thank you God for helping us to strengthen our wings and to fly into Your purpose for us. In Jesus' name. Amen

2 comments for “16. Struggling is good for you (2)”

  1. Gravatar of HenriHenri
    Posted Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 10:40:44 AM

    God never promised to take us away or "out" of our struggles during our time on earth but to be with us in "our" struggle.

  2. Gravatar of TanjaTanja
    Posted Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 11:30:02 AM

    Ek stem so saam met jou...daar moet altyd 'n mate van ongemak wees om regtig te groei en die oomblik wat daar in geen area van jou lewe ongemak is nie, is jy staties...nie besig om te groei nie. Gelukkig is die Here so genadig om nie ALLES op een slag op ons af te bring nie...ek dink Job moes so naby die Here gewees het, want in my oe het hy redelik alles-op-een-slag gehad...maar God se veranderende Krag in hom het hom 'n ere plek in die Bybel gegee. Dit kan vir ons 'n bemoediging wees in ons "trails". God is deel van die groei-proses.:-)

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