'I will not let you go unless you bless me.' Genesis 32:26 NIV
Change happens through commitment. When Jacob realised he was wrestling with the angel of the Lord, he said, 'I will not let you go unless you bless me' (Genesis 32:26 NIV). Jacob was committed and persistent; he stuck with it until he worked his way through it. He didn't like where he was, but he was totally committed to stick with it until God turned it around for his good.
When God gets our attention through a crisis, he doesn't always solve it immediately; sometimes he waits to see whether we're really committed to change. Today we're so used to getting everything instantly that we struggle with patience and waiting. When we don't get an immediate answer to our prayer we can give up on God and go our own way. We won't always get out of a crisis overnight; we have to be committed to the process. Sometimes God has to lead us through and teach us things rather than solving it instantly. The Bible says: 'The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him...it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord' (Lamentations 3:24; 26 NIV).
If we're committed to God and what he wants to do, we'll make it out the other side of the situation. Not only will our circumstances change, but we will too.
So what now? Choose one thing in your life that you need change in; just one, don't over-commit! Now, give that thing to God and ask him to help you commit to making change happen.
Soulfood: Lev 23:15-22 Acts 2:1-18,