Sermon: “One Can Only Run So Far”
Theme: The story of Jacob and the Angel is the story of having to face one’s own faults and experience God’s steadfast love in the midst of our humanity.
Purpose: The congregation will understand that God’s desire is not just that we participate in spiritual practices but that we live in healthy relationships as God intended.
Scriptures: 1 John 3:18-24 Let us love not just in words but in truth.
Genesis 32:1-32 Jacob prepares to meet Esau, and wrestles all night with an “angel”.
What does it mean to wrestle with God? Jacob’s wrestling began when he no longer could run away from his problems. How does wrestling with God differ from just fretting over our worries? How does wrestling with God’s message lead to a change of life? In the wrestling match God “injured” Jacob by taking away his ability to run away. In what ways do we need our ability to run away eliminated in order that we may grow in faith and knowledge? How does wrestling with God move us from people who “love in word or speech” to becoming people who love in deed? How does wrestling with God become an important part of moving to a new and deeper level of living faithfully?