Wrestling With God?

I read something interesting this morning in my devotional. Probably like many of you I had heard messages on how Jacob wrestling with God was a good thing. Actually wrestling with God is a bad thing, according to Oswald Chambers. Let me explain or rather let Oswald explain.

You must learn to wrestle against the things that hinder your communication with God, and wrestle in prayer for other people; but to wrestle with God in prayer is unscriptural. If you ever do wrestle with God, you will be crippled for the rest of your life. If you grab hold of God and wrestle with Him, as Jacob did, simply because He is working in a way that doesn’t meet with your approval, you force Him to put you out of joint (see Genesis 32:24-25)  


Here is what I gleaned from this

  1. Wrestle against everything that keeps you from communicating with God, like sin,etc.
  2. Wrestle in prayer for the benefit of friends and family
  3. But don’t wrestle with God unless you want to limp for the rest of your life.

Is this what you gleaned from this? Maybe you have other insights, please share them below.


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I am a blessed man to have a beautiful wife and four great kids. I am the Pastor of the Warden Assembly of God in Warden, WA. Our church is located in Eastern Washington about 90 miles west of Spokane. This is farmer country. Great place to live! I am a Pastor of an Assemblies of God church in Eastern Washington. I am originally from Delaware but have not lived there since 1986. I have been to Eastern Europe, the Carribean, Mexico, El Salvador and I look forward to doing more traveling. I would like to pursue my Doctorate and teach in a Bible College or Seminary someday. I was raised in Delaware. I went to JSBC from 1986-1993. During that time I was Youth Pastor at Cornerstone Church in Amite, LA.from 1991-1996. From there my wife and my daughter Monta and I moved to Robert, LA. where we were the Youth Pastor at Robert Church of God from 1996-1999. We miss all of our dear friends in Louisiana. Thanks for the memories.