[As part of our “Loving the Bible” class at Scoala Biblica Piatra Vie, each student is required to write a paper about some passage in the Bible and then present it to the class. I decided that since I’m requiring my busy students to do the paper, I should do it as well. Below is my paper about Jacob and his strange, late-night wrestling competition.]
To every child ever born God has given a destiny and purpose. He has specific plans for each human being and has not only created each person with such individual and unique personalities, likes and dislikes, even talents, but He has also ordained specific things for him to do during his short lifetime, things that only that particular individual can accomplish. Regrettably, most Christians are so haunted by their failures that they see only a long list of lost opportunities, resulting in a deep and pervasive sense of disappointment, a fear of having somehow missed God’s plans and purposes for their life. For many, this sense is great enough that they fail to see by faith the redemptive power of God to bring restoration and renewal. For those who have felt the weight of such a list of failures, there is much encouragement in the life of Jacob, in particular, in one fateful night when God met him and revealed his new identity.