The Whole Story: People – Jacob - Genesis 32
We often wrestle with many things in life, whether it is fear, doubt, anxiety, insecurity or a multitude of other things. How do we view these things in our lives? Do we see them as oppression or as an opportunity for God to reveal things to us and so we can grow? Wrestling with these things is always challenging, but they require a great deal of trust on our part.
This week in our journey through The Whole Story we will be looking at the story of Jacob and the things he wrestled with. Not only did Jacob wrestle with things like this, he physically wrestled with God. How did he respond to this? How does God respond?
As we begin our time in worship together, we will sing the words of Psalm 103 through the song, “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman. As we sang last week of our desire to praise Him even in the midst of our trials and hardships, we now have a chance to corporately put that into action.
Psalm 103 says:
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless His holy name!
Throughout the rest of this passage, we see attributes of the goodness of God and His kingship. In this, even if God never did another good thing for us personally, we still have a multitude of reasons to worship Him, if none other than the fact that He. Is. God.
Believing that He is God, we believe that He is in control. Knowing that God is in control, and is a good God, who loves us, leads us to confidence that He is with us. Just as Moses told Joshua in Deuteronomy 31, it is the Lord that goes before us and is with always, so then, whom shall we fear? We proclaim this in the song, “Whom Shall I Fear” by Chris Tomlin.
Not only is our God with us at all times, He has also made a way, through Jesus Christ, for us to be seen as righteous. We declare this truth by singing, “Cornerstone” by Hillsong.
Preparing for the message, we will reflect on a song by Tenth Avenue North called, “By Your Side.” Through this song, we see a picture of someone who wrestles with doubt and fear and many other things, yet hears the voice of God saying that He will be with us at all times.
In response to the message, we will celebrate the truth of God being with us by celebrating communion. As we do, we will sing of what happened when Jesus was raised from the dead after His body was broken. Death was defeated and now He has called us to be a part of that victory. Let us not look at communion as a way of dwelling on the brokenness that we came from, but instead, knowing the weight of it, let’s celebrate the victory that we are now called into because of it.