Sometimes the most intimates of moments we have with God are during dark nights of the soul. But when daybreak comes, we can’t remain there.
30 So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.” 31 The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the people of Israel do not eat the sinew of the thigh that is on the hip socket, because he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip on the sinew of the thigh. – Genesis 32:30-32
It’s no coincidence Jacob was wrestling during the night. Many struggles reside in darkness – tucked neatly away and hidden from the light. You’ve heard it said, “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” This was true for Jacob as God met him in the darkest of nights and persisted with him until daybreak.
With the dawning of a new day came the dawning of a new walk. At break of day, it was time for Jacob to stop wrestling and get up from dark night of his struggle. So, Jacob got up, limping because of his hip, but he got up. After the long night where God turned his stubborn temper tantrum into a fierce embrace, Jacob gets up. He steps into the reality of a new day with a new name – Israel – describing his victorious breakthrough.
Sometimes the most intimate moments we have with God are during dark nights of the soul. But when daybreak comes, we can’t remain there. We have to get up and live into the new day God has awakened for us. Just as Jacob did not continue to wrestle with God and Jesus did not remain in the grave, so we must rise up with the same resurrection power and embrace the newness God offers us. Consider what the break of day entails for you. Journal for a few minutes about what living under the banner of victorious breakthrough might look like in your life.
“The God of Israel said,
The Rock of Israel spoke to me,
‘He who rules over men righteously,
Who rules in the fear of God,
Is as the light of the morning when the sun rises,
A morning without clouds,
When the tender grass springs out of the earth,
Through sunshine after rain.’”
— 2 Samuel 23:3–4 NASB
By Yvonne Biel