I actually can't imagine wrestling with God, like Jacob did. I have wrestled with a friend of mine; who is stronger, bigger, taller than I am and I have come out with my hand hurting, my back aching, my shoulders feeling some type of way.

I have to think, this was how Jacob felt having to wrestle with the Almighty, my man was left 'limping because of the injury to his hip' (Genesis 32: 31)

If it were me, I'd be leaving with broken bones...

would I even be leaving at all...

My blog post today is not taken from Genesis but it is formed by a question I had for God during my quiet time with him two days ago, Why does God need to be reminded of His promises?

This question is now the main focus of my quiet time today.

Exodus 32:13 

Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You bound yourself with an oath to them, saying, 'I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven. And I will give them all of this land that I have promised to your descendants, and they will possess it forever.'

In the Bible, we have countless accounts of people reminding God of his promises over them, from Abraham, Moses, Jacob - the father of the faith and yet my question is why does God need to be reminded? Does God forget?

Surely not.

Even at this moment, the Holy spirit brought to my remembrance this scripture

Matthew 24:35

Heaven and earth will pass away but my word will never pass away.

God's promises for us are sure because the Word says in Numbers 23:19 'God is not man that he should lie neither is he the son of man that he should change his mind.' So the scripture assures us that God's words 'are 'yes' in Christ. And through him the 'Amen' is spoken by us to the glory of God.' (2 Corinthians 1:20)

Yet this doesn't answer my question, does it? Why does God need to be reminded? I believe that in every question, in every doubt that we have, we need to go back to what we already know about God. I know that God is all knowing, all powerful, He never sleeps and He always hears, God doesn't forget his word neither will he ever deny his word.

Another reminder from the Holy Spirit ('But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative--that is, the Holy Spirit--he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.' - John 14:26) <- Just gonna drop this right there, so you all know that I am no longer writing this blog lol

Hebrew 6:13-15

For example, there was God's promise to Abraham. Since there was no one greater to swear by, God took an oath in his own name, saying:

"I will certainly bless you,

and I will multiply your descendants beyond number."

Then Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised.

Genesis 22:16

"This is what the Lord says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your son, your only son, I swear by my own name that I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies. And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed-all because you have obeyed me."

God swore an oath! Do you understand how deep this is. For God to swear an Oath on himself, that he will do what he has said to Abraham. He swore on himself, on his own righteousness, his own honor that his promise will come to pass. So how can he forget? He can't! Before God forgets his word to you or even denies his promise, he would rather stop being God! He would rather give up his throne, let go of his crown and walk way. Puff - go- just like that.

God doesn't need reminding, nope, he is all knowing. How can we call Him all knowing and expect Him to forget something as important as His word! Remember that it was God's word that created the Earth, Genesis 1:3 'God said "let there be light and there was light.' John 6:63 'The Spirit alone give eternal life. Human efforts accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.' 

So God doesn't need reminding, yet why do we need to remind him? Surely reminding God is not for his benefit because he never forgets, so it has to be for our benefit.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

Romans 10:17 (KJV)

So faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God

God doesn't need to be reminded, the reason for him telling us so, is for our own benefit, so we can grow in confidence, in peace, in faith.

Yes, I know. God can sure take his time in fulfilling His promise to us, but I urge that we take solace in fact that He will always do as he has said. Abraham was promised a child when he was 75, he had to wait patiently for God's time, for 25 years before he had Isaac. It is estimated that David was 25 years old when Samuel anointed him to be king by Samuel (1 Samuel 16:13) He became king when he was 30 years old. Jesus didn't start performing miracles until He was baptized with water and tempted by satan in the wilderness. All these men are no different from us, they had to wait on God, patiently. They faced test, trials, their faith grew and I would like to believe that most of them also became impatient but at the end God's promise to them came to pass.

Isaiah 43: 26 (ESV)

Put me in remembrance; let us argue together; set forth your case, that you may be proved right.

Let's review Jacob's situation real quick. Jacob, running from his brother,Esau because he had stolen his birthright. He fell asleep somewhere and was given a promise by God in a dream (Genesis 28:13-15) fast-forward  Jacob has an issue with his Uncle, then he is running from Esau again, we see Jacob reminding God of his promise in Genesis 32:9-12 and finally we see Jacob wrestling with God or better yet presenting his situation, telling God ' I will not let you go until you bless me.'

I believe that sometimes we can't just stop at reminding God, we need to put up a fight like that widowed woman who refused to quit in Luke 18:1-8. Jesus said in Luke 18:6- 8

The the Lord said,'Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don't you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly!

Genesis 32:24

This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break.

This woman kept going back to the unjust judge till he answered her request. Jacob wrestled with God till the morning before he got his blessing.

How much more will your Heavenly father do for you?

Published by Lola Bamigbade