Beyond the Weekend

May 3 | The Pursuing God

May 3, 2018


Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.” Genesis 32:38

Read: Genesis 32:22-33

Listen: Genesis 32


Jacob finds himself alone. He is in the middle of a move with an uncertain future and at this moment—he is alone. Then out of the darkness someone comes and wrestles with him. He is wrestling with God himself.

As the sun comes up, Jacob holds on and asks for a blessing. The man asks Jacob his name. In the middle of this wrestling match, Jacob has to admit who he is. He is a conniver and a deceiver. He admits that, and the man gives him a new name and blessing. Jacob leaves with a new identity.

When we recognize who we are and that we need God, God gives us a new identity. An identity that says we are dearly loved children. That we can move from selfish to giving and from bitter to gracious. Our past no longer defines us—but our relationship with God does.


Consider your identity in Jesus. Open your journal and write “My Identity in Jesus.” List as many of the things you can think of that go with your new identity. Write about how they can help you trust God through family conflict and difficult situations.

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