Wrestling is an activity of grappling with an opponent; trying to throw or hold them down on the ground. For any boy growing up with another sibling, wrestling is bound to occur. Back in my childhood, parents and teachers would refer to this as rough housing. Unleashing your energy and frustrations upon someone following an argument or disagreement until one or both parties give up. The most famous wrestling account in the Bible is listed below.
So Jacob was left alone, and a Man [came and] wrestled with him until daybreak. 25 When the Man saw that He had not prevailed against Jacob, He touched his hip joint; and Jacob’s hip was dislocated as he wrestled with Him, Genesis 32:24-25.
Prior to his encounter with an angel disguised as a man, Jacob developed a reputation as a deceiver. Jacob bribed his older brother Esau out of his birthright, tricked his father into blessing him and fled from his family history. In order to become the person God wanted Jacob to be, a wrestling match was preordained. This night long struggle pushed Jacob to his physical limits, holding on despite having his hip dislocated. In the eyes of God, Jacob passed this test, primed for bigger and better things in life. At the conclusion of this event, God changes Jacob’s name to Israel, setting the stage for the rest of the Old Testament.
Then He said, “Let Me go, for day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let You go unless You declare a blessing on me.” 27 So He asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 And He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men and have prevailed,” Genesis 32:27-28.
When my life doesn’t take the path that I expect, I try to figure out what went wrong. From time to time, the cause and effect is obvious, a lack of obedience to God, prayer and worship. However, there are moments when promises from the Bible, Psalm 37:4, collide with road blocks as dreams and goals are denied or rejected. This frustration has led me to wonder if becoming a screen writer is part of God’s will. Am I not delighting myself in the Lord enough or does God want me to pursue another career in the future? While I am not participating in a physical wrestling match, I find myself wrestling with God’s will. According to the apostle Paul in Romans 12:1-2, the only way to know God’s will for sure is by offering your body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. If implemented successfully, clarity will come and my own wrestling match to ascertain God’s will can end.
by Jay Mankus