Read Genesis 32 – Let’s learn to view life “from now on”.
Jacob can’t get back home without passing through Esau’s region. Remember, Esau was set on killing Jacob before he fled (Genesis 27:41), and now Jacob forms a plan to heap gifts of livestock on his brother in waves to soften his heart before they are face to face.
Jacob wisely spent the evening in prayer, reminding the LORD of His promises, showing gratitude for all that he had and asking for rescue from Esau’s hand (:9-12).
Jacob took his people across the river, then returned to camp. He was alone when “a man” came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break. :24 The man had to go, but Jacob would not let him go unless he blessed Jacob. “The Man” told him, “Your name will no longer be Jacob. From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have won.” :28
Beloved, Jacob had a shady start, but from there he worked hard and remained close to God. After one final night of wrestling with God he was ready to become Israel – as God intended all along. As you consider these events, ask yourself, “Do I hold on to the past so tight that I am delaying the future God has for me?”
May you live with a FROM NOW ON attitude, no longer wrestling with the past, and confidently stepping forward with your new identity in Christ Jesus! 🙌🦸♀️❤☝️❤🦸♂️🙌