“Jacob was left alone. Then some man wrestled with him until daybreak (Genesis 32:24).”

Weighing most heavily on Jacob’s mind when he fled his home was that his brother Esau was planning to kill him. Twenty years later, Esau approached with an army of four hundred men, apparently unappeased by the passage of time. Jacob sent away his wives, children, servants and livestock to protect them from the impending attack. However, before the encounter with Esau took place, an event of greater significance occurred. Jacob, left alone, spent an entire night wrestling with the Angel of the Lord.

The outcome was that Jacob’s nature was changed. He went from being one who was totally self-sufficient to one who understood dependence; from one who got what he wanted by his own cleverness, to one who could not stand without God’s help. Jacob became Israel. The consequence of this transformation was that when the two brothers met, instead of shedding blood, they embraced each other and shed tears of joy.

Jacob could have done nothing on his own to resolve the conflict. The supernatural breaking of his heart and will had a supernatural effect on Esau as well, and his heart softened toward his younger brother. The solution to hostile situations that face us, often as a result of our own sin, can be found in allowing the Lord to change us first. Such faith will release God’s power to work in the areas we fear most.

Today, get alone with the Lord and let him do his work in you, instead of relying on your own cleverness.

Taken from: “Voice of the Lord”