Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob. Your name will now be Israel,[a] because you have wrestled with God and with people, and you have won.” – Genesis 32:28
“The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become – because He made us. He invented us. He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be. . .It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to His personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.”
― C.S. Lewis
It was once said that it is our choices that show what we really are. Our lives are a series of decisions that we make. When we wake up in the morning, we are ruled by choice after choice which leads to decision after decision. Do we wake up, or click the snooze button? Do we wear blue or black? Are we having breakfast or not? Seemingly, these decisions are small and inconsequential. However our indifference towards these small and inconsequential decisions sometimes shape the outcome of our days. For example, the decision about whether or not to get affected by the negativity that surrounds us, or the decision about whether or not to react abrasively towards an offhanded comment or not. We are led to outcomes by the decisions that we make, and our only chance on safeguarding the decisions that we have made is by allowing God to take over the decisions that we have made.
Take a look at Jacob, his life was a collection of bad decisions. He seemed to think that the decisions that he made served to make his life better, but in each and every scenario the ending turned out a lot differently than he anticipated. Finally, he was caught between a rock and a hard place. He wore his welcome off in Laban’s area, and what was left was to go back to Esau–who he swindled. How did he solve his life? By finally coming to Peniel and wrestling with God, coming to the decision that he will not let go of God until he was blessed.
As we move forward with 2014, what areas of our lives do we need to give over to God?