Sometimes God keeps bringing you back to a place, something or someone, not because He wants to see you suffer, but because therein lies a lesson.

In Genesis 32, we find that Jacob is once again running away from some issues of his own making, and running right back into the problem from which he had first run. Jacob, after conning Esau out of both his birthright and his blessing, was forced to run away because he feared for his life.

He ran to Laban’s house where he met and married Rachel and Leah but was forced to run away from his father-in-law Laban and his sons.  On the way back Jacob encounters an angel:


Let’s look at Genesis 32:22-30

But he rose up that same night and took his two wives, his two womenservants, and his eleven sons and passed over the ford [of the] Jabbok.

23 And he took them and sent them across the brook; also he sent over all that he had. 24 And Jacob was left alone, and a Man wrestled with him until daybreak.

25 And when the Man saw that He did not prevail against Jacob, He touched the hollow of his thigh; and Jacob’s thigh was put out of joint as he wrestled with Him.

26 Then He said, Let Me go, for day is breaking. But Jacob said, I will not let You go unless You declare a blessing upon me.

27 The Man asked him, What is your name? And [in shock of realization, whispering] he said, Jacob [supplanter, schemer, trickster, swindler]!

28 And He said, Your name shall be called no more Jacob [supplanter], but Israel [contender with God]; for you have contended and have power with God and with men and have prevailed.

29 Then Jacob asked Him, Tell me, I pray You, what is Your name? But He said, Why is it that you ask My name? And the Angel of God declared a blessing on Jacob there.

30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel [the face of God], saying, For I have seen God face to face, and my life is spared and not snatched away.”

After Jacob’s encounter with the angel, we find out two things: (1) Jacob realized who he REALLY was {a supplanter, schemer, trickster, swindler {27}, and (2) He was no longer the same. Your name shall be called no more Jacob [supplanter], but Israel [contender with God]; for you have contended and have power with God and with men and have prevailed {28}.

The world calls it dejàVu, but God calls it a reminder. It’s time to realize what you are experiencing over and over and how you can grow from it, not die in it. The beautiful author and minister Iyanla Vanzant says to “call a thing a thing”.

So on today, what’s YOUR thing? What is causing you to keep coming back to a place, thing, or person? What is God trying to show you? Is it worth it? 



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