“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
Deuteronomy 30:19-20

How many of us today are struggling with the Will of God? Come on now. And …  to be honest. I know what I wanted share with you my dear brothers and sisters, but the Lord has a different plan.

My wife, Christina, has honestly grown leaps and bounds in the Lord and several days ago, she told me the Lord laid something on her heart for me to do; and that was to open my Bible to pages 22, and 322 and spend sometime with God. I, as you probably have guessed, use the New Living Translation Bible. Well, in my Bible, page 22 talks about Genesis 32:111-35:27. On page 322, my Bible talks about 38:39-42:17. To be honest, I didn’t immediately open my Bible up and start to read the pages the Lord had laid on her heart until just the other day. It was the Lords perfect timing too. And when I obeyed and not only read the words on the pages, I opened my heart to hear God’s voice, through His word. Afterward, I became silent… The message had sunk in and, it hit me hard too.

On page 22, the picture in the Book of Genesis is upon Jacob (Israel), after he had stolen his brother Esau’s blessing from his father Abraham and had run away to his uncle Laban in Paddan-aram for safety and now was returning face his brother Esau with his entire family and Jacob, not only had an encounter with God, Jacob literally wrestles God until daybreak because Jacob was demanding God to bless him. And, on page 322, the picture is on Job and him literally arguing back and forth with God before he finally submits to His will and God blesses Job with a double portion.

These two stories reminds me a lot of, well… me. I wrestle with God constantly between what I want to do, and what He wants me to do. I know what I want, but is it truly what God wants? Sometimes in life, we wrestle with God’s will because of several reasons. These reasons should be questioned and answered individually. It is not until we submit to God’s will is when we are blessed beyond measure. After Job submitted, he received a double portion of what he had before. After Jacob conceded to God after wrestling with Him, God blessed him as Jacob wished and found favor with Esau.

Sometimes in life, we need to conceded to God’s will and put God before our own, first. Moving without God is dangerous, but imagine yourself moving with God. I believe God wants us, today, to spend however long it takes for us to be silent and listen to what He wants for us and what He has for us. So, spend it with God and let your hearts be opened to hear our Lord’s voice and hear our Lords will.

God Bless you all as we part our ways today as we do our Lords will.

Brother Jonathan

Do need prayer today? Do you have something on your heart and you would like to share it? Then write to me, I am here for you as we walk in God’s will together.

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  1. […] Wrestling with God (brotherjonathandevotion.wordpress.com) […]

    • Jonathan, I worked with an old prophet for some years who would often get a page number from God and find the most illuminating words for himself, or us, or the body from that page. I remember complaining to God that I never had pages like that.
      When we were on the road during a mission, I had gone to sleep watching him kneeling by his bedside with a coat over his back to keep warm. He often spent all night like that sleeping and praying, sleeping and praying. Soon after closing my eyes I saw a number clear as day. It was 1482! 1482, God was speaking to me as well in page numbers. I leapt up and grabbed my Bible that was sitting beside me on the nightstand. 1482, 1482, what could be there for me?
      When I opened the Scripture, I found myself in the Garden with Jesus and the thing that jumped off the page was a rebuke. “Could you men not watch with me one hour?” It was a moment not to be forgotten. I looked again across the bed and realized that the reason the Lord was so quick to share with Bob, and the lesson I needed to learn, was that staying awake a little longer was to enjoy His intimate presence.
      I still get pages numbers, but I’m glad that God was willing that night to share something life changing that night about himself and about prayer. Tell your wife I love her habit.
      I love your devotionals. Keep on writing.

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