18 January: The Problem with Prophecy

Today’s chapter shows how a “prophetic message” isn’t easy to follow…

READ GENESIS 32  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


Wrestling with God
Wrestling with God

Speaking of Believers, someone once said that faith in the Creator was for women and wimps. But far from being a crutch for weak-willed people and those too stupid to think logically, the “adventure of faith” can be a white-water raft ride through every emotion imaginable. It took Noah, for example, 100 years of hard labour to build his football-stadium-size boat, which was completed under a cloud of humiliation with no real proof at all that a flood would, or even could, happen. Abraham died without seeing God’s promises come true. The heavily pregnant Hagar had to return and submit to the authority of an abusive mistress. And today’s story is yet another example of the problem with prophecy.

With his life on the line, Jacob clings onto God who appeared in the form of a man once again. [v24-30]  After physically wrestling with Him all night in the hope of a blessing, Jacob’s life, his possessions and his entire family remained in danger while he still had to “face the music” with his brother. If that wasn’t enough, like Mark and I, Jacob seems to have ended up with what probably became a permanent limp through life. [v31-32] …Read More… CLICK on “18 January – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to connect with your Maker? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…


    1.    Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

Blessed be the Lord, the God of the universe! From everlasting even to everlasting let all the people say, “Amen.” Praise the Lord! [Psalm 106:48]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Use the link to pray for Africa[a]
  • Your Country: Ministry among international students
  • Yourself: The needs of your immediate family
  • Your concerns for today
I want to give you my attention, Lord God. Help me to seek You by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes. [Daniel 9:3]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Jesus said: “Whenever you pray, forgive, if you’ve anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you for your transgressions.” [Mark 11:25]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

Father, help me not to rebel against You. Help me not to fear those around me for Your word says: “The Lord is with us; do not fear them.”  [Numbers 14:9]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = The Creator God’s Salvation Plan

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” [John 3:16]

[a] http://www.operationworld.org/africa/owtext.html

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