“24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a Man (God) with him until the breaking of the day.
25 And when He saw (God saw) that He prevailed not against him, He touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as He wrestled with him.
26 And He (the Lord) said, Let Me go, for the day breaks. And he said, I will not let You go, except You bless me.” Genesis 32:24-26
The Divine instruments of prevention and humiliation are often used to bring us to a place of brokenness and humbling before the Lord. Prevention of our fleshly desires and the humiliation of our weakness works in us who won’t let go a broken and contrite spirit before the Lord allowing His strength to be made perfect.
“8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:8-10
Count it all joy when the Lord has divinely intervened…no matter the circumstances. Look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith and don’t let go until He blesses you with the understanding and wisdom needed to walk in His Precepts and Providence. You have been bought with a price and our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, is fully capable of keeping whosoever will believe, those who won’t let go, in the Palm of His Hand.
“2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:2-5
Don’t let go. Recognize prevention and humiliation as God’s Divine intervention sometimes necessary to bring us into God’s Divine Will and count it all joy.
-Donna Clark Warren