What does wrestling with God mean? - Wrestling With God - TouchPoints

What does wrestling with God mean?

God is omniscient; that is, he knows everything. He also is omnipotent—all-powerful, sovereign. Because we believe in God and know these truths about him, we go to him when we are confused and want answers. And in especially difficult and stressful times, our talks with him, our prayers, can be intense, with our questions almost sounding like demands. We want solutions, resolutions, and hope. That’s “wrestling with God.”

Genesis 32:24–29“Your name will no longer be Jacob,” the man told him. “From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have won.” “Why do you want to know my name?” the man replied. Then he blessed Jacob there.

Jacob physically wrestled with God. And he was persistent, wrestling all night until he received God’s blessing. We probably won’t have a physical confrontation with God, but he invites us, like Jacob, to be persistent with our questions and requests. In fact, Jesus told this story to make that very point.

Luke 18:1–8One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”

Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”