Jacob is alone, beside the River Jabbok during the night. Without warning, he is thrown to the ground by a man. Needless to say, “the fight was on”. Jacob and the man fought hard, wrestling violently until Jacob’s hip was ripped out of joint by the force of the man’s blow.
Then the man said to Jacob, ”Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” Then the man asked his name, and when Jacob answered, the man said, you shall no longer be called Jacob, but you have been blessed with a new name, which is Israel” Genesis 32:22-29
What does this story mean? Why was Jacob attacked, then blessed? I don’t have a definite answer to this story, but everything happens for a reason and yes it had to happen. God allowed it not for the sake of punishment, but He allowed it to execute His better plan.
How does this relate to your life? Although no one asks to be attached or wounded, but it’s necessary for you to go through your struggle. Like Jacob, you just have to put up a good fight. Just as the expression goes, “the rainbow comes after the rain,” it’s also true that the blessing comes after the pain. So no matter how tough the struggle get, hold on to your faith and don’t let go until you receive your blessing.