And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!”Genesis 32:26
What blessing was this? What else would a rich man who had everything want?
At first he wanted his father’s blessing to inherit all his wealth and assets. That seemed like a blessing from God at the time. He only needed to hear this from his father and found a way to get it. Now, he became aware that God’s blessing was far beyond material wealth. Although rich, he realised he did not have God’s blessing. He could not simply trick God into blessing him.
This time Jacob had to pay the price. This is where faith comes in!
For the first time, he distanced himself from everything he had — property, family and, forsaking all, passed through the stream. Would not this stream be a symbol for the Holy Spirit?
This means that when a person puts all he has in His hands, he automatically becomes totally dependent on God. Just as Jacob was Alone with God. And this is what God expects of us. For us to be alone with, or dependent on, Him. How can the unconquerable God be conquered by a man? What weapon did Jacob use to conquer Him? The weapon that Jacob used to win God was a faith stripped of everything. Faced by this kind of faith, God could not help but bless anyone and everyone who had such faith. For although Jacob was materially rich, he was still the same person, the same man.
All he possessed could not save his life. Only God could. So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: “For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.”Genesis 32:30
Besides becoming a new man, Jacob’s wealth multiplied abundantly.