Being a godly person requires a strange mixture of humility and boldness. Jesus modeled this out by casting the merchants out of the temple while at the end of His earthly ministry He endured the pain and shame of the cross.
Jesus never shied away from boldly proclaiming the truth and challeging the authorities that were leading the masses astray. Yet, He continually gave praise to the Father and hung out with the lowliest of the low.
Modern day Christians should avoid pride while clearly recognizing their position and authority in Christ. Just as we are not to make outrageous boasts, we should avoid belittling ourselves or living in the dumps of condemnation. The true identity of a Christian can only be found in the depths of what God says about us and His work on our behalf.
Jacob sought a blessing from God when he wrestled all night with the Angel of the Lord. Jacob’s willingness to hold on no matter the cost illustrates his determination to get God’s best. Oh, that I would wrestle more instead of wallow in the muck of life. God answered Jacob’s request. He blessed him and oddly broke him at the same time.
The Angel of the Lord touched Jacob’s hip causing it to become dislocated. Jacob walked with a limp for the rest of his life. Sometimes we find the greatest blessings in the most surprising places. We must first be broken before we can be made whole. God can work through our weaknesses and pain to shape us into a masterpiece.
The apostle Paul wrote that God said to him when He refused to take away Paul’s thorn in the flesh, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (II Corinthians 12:9).