“a man wrestled with him until daybreak” Genesis 32:24 (NASB)
Jacob was in trouble. His father-in-law wanted to kill him. He was returning to his brother Esau who had threatened to kill him. Jacob had schemed, plotted, cheated and become a real scoundrel. Now he was left alone with his fear and despair. It was then that the man wrestled with him. Thus occurred some new things in his life. He had a new awareness of God. “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been preserved” Gen 32:30 (NASB). He received a new name. His name, Jacob, meant trickster, cheat, schemer; now he will be called Israel, prince of God. He had a new reminder. He limped for the rest of his life because of his experience with God. He had a new start in life. “The sun rose over him just as he crossed over Penuel” Gen. 32:31 (NASB) He had a new brother. “Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.” Gen. 33:4 (NASB).
When we wrestle with God, He gives us a new awareness of Himself as we trust Jesus as our Savior. He gives us a new name. We had been known as sinner, now our name is Christian. He gives a new reminder. He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in us as a constant reminder of our relationship with God. We have a new opportunity of service. “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” 2 Cor. 5:13 (NASB). We no longer live as enemies but become part of a fellowship of love. Jesus said, “love one another, even as I have loved you.” John 13:34 (NASB).