There’s a little bit of Jacob the hustler in every one of us, but God wishes we’d stop hustling and simply come and take His blessing. The prophet Hosea looked back at Jacob’s life and observed Jacob’s hustling ways to draw a spiritual conclusion. Hosea wrote, He (Jacob) struggled with the angel and overcame him; he wept and begged for his favor. He found him at Bethel and talked with him there— the LORD God Almighty, the LORD is his name of renown! But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always. Hosea 12: 4-6
At the darkest moment of Jacob’s life, when all his hustles were catching up to him, he wrestled the angel of the Lord. As Jacob wrestled and found himself unable to overpower God, he just broke down, wept and pleaded with God to bless him. In the moment Jacob was finally broken enough to plead for God’s blessing – His life was transformed. God gave Jacob “the hustler” a new name. God gave him the name Israel which literally means “God will fight” in Hebrew. In that moment, the man whose life meant “I will” turns into a man whose life now meant “God will.” As we watch Jacob’s life from that moment on, we see that he stopped trying to hustle blessing and he began living up to his new name by simply receiving and resting in the blessing God had always been so willing to give him. The spiritual conclusion Hosea draws from Jacob’s story is simply that we all need to be a people who “return to God . . . and wait for God always.” God is more than willing to share a blessed life with His people when we humble ourselves to come and accept the blessing He’s always willing to share. In my humble opinion, I believe our heavenly father often thinks to Himself “I wish my kids would just turn to me and take the blessing I’m willing to give them!”
It’s at this point where our weird suspicions of God kick in again. We wonder, “Really? I have nothing to lose if I stop hustling and just receive God’s definition of a blessing?” We ask, “Really? I have everything to gain in surrendering myself to all that God’s willing to give me?” The only thing that nudges suspicious people like us away from our hustling and towards God’s blessing is when one or both of these two things occur in our lives:
- No. 1 – We’re crushed by the weight of all the hustles that have caught up to us, and God’s offer of His blessing is the only offer left on the table.
- No.2–We see how amazing God’s blessing could be compared to what our pathetic hustling can achieve.
No matter how we get there, the incredible news is this – when we come and ask, God is ever willing and ready to bless us with the life we could never hustle.