FOR TUESDAY TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Genesis 32:22-32
“Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.” (Genesis 32:24; New Revised Standard Version)
I’ll always remember and cherish the most helpful image of God given to me by Bill Mallard while attending Candler School of Theology. God is like a father who will get down on the floor and wrestle with his child. While the child knows he cannot prevail over the father, the dad cares enough to allow the child to “get in a few punches.”
Keeping our relationships strong and vital can be hard work at times. We have to struggle through times of misunderstandings and confusion. Yet, our God is big enough to handle any question our aching heart cries out and God cares enough to hold on to us, wrestling with us “until daybreak” when we’ll walk away limping but assured of God’s abiding presence.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, Caring Dad, what a comfort it is to feel your loving embrace, even when I struggle to believe. Thanks for not giving up on me. Help me to learn more of Your patient love so that I might share it freely with others. Amen.