January 1, 2020

Embrace the Struggle

“Then the man said, ‘Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.’” – Genesis 32:28 Happy New Year! I’m a firm believer in setting my mind and focusing my attention on my goals, which at this time of year is commonly called making resolutions. Though many of us partake in this January ritual, the truth is that few of us will make it beyond February. To understand more about the reason why, I want to turn your attention to the nation of Israel, more specifically to their name. Did you know that Israel actually means “struggles with God?” The name is taken from a specific account in the book of Genesis in which Jacob wrestled with the Lord’s angel and was renamed Israel. We’ll talk more about that later, but for today, I want to point out

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