|So Jacob was
left alone, and a man wrestled with him till
daybreak. When the man saw that he could not
overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob's
hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled
with the man. Then the man said, "Let me go, for
it is daybreak." But Jacob replied, "I will not
let you go unless you bless me." The man asked
him, "What is your name?" "Jacob," he answered.
Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be
Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled
with God and with men and have overcome."
|Have you ever missed your
mouth while gulping a soft drink or sipping
a cup of coffee? It's embarrassing, and it
happened to me on my way to work a while
back. There was no time to go home and
change my clothes so I had to wear the stain
on my nice pressed white shirt. All during
the day I felt obligated to explain to
everyone I met the story of my clumsiness.
During our lives we all make mistakes, do
things we're ashamed of, say things we
regret. They are stains on our spiritual
clothes. Wouldn't it be nice to erase those
stains, change our spiritual clothes, start
all over. It can happen. God's grace can
remove anything, no matter how permanent the
stain may appear. It's like being given a
new identity and an opportunity for a clean
fresh start. Wearing clean clothes is part
of our daily routine, why not make it part
of our spiritual lives?