Do you know anyone who had great potential, but was held back because of fear? What did their fear cause them to miss out on?
Read Genesis 32:22-30.
Jacob sent his family across the river because he was afraid of Esau. Why do you think he feared his brother? Was this a rational fear? Why or why not?
What are you most afraid of? Is your fear rational? Why or why not?
The man who wrestled with Jacob (later identified as God) was the aggressor. Why do you think God was wrestling with Jacob? What did He want to teach Jacob?
Even though He was obviously not going to win, Jacob refused to let go. This was consistent with how he had lived his life. Think about the stories you know about Jacob and make a list of the different ways he held tightly to things or grasped for things that weren't really his.
Because Jacob wouldn't let go, God wrenched his hip. How does God sometimes put our lives out of joint so He can get our attention? Why might God want to get your attention?
What are some things in life you need to let go?
God said Jacob was victorious even though he lost the wrestling match. How is it possible to win even when we lose? Are there things in life that you could lose which might cause you to have victory?
What have you learned about God from reading this story?
What have you learned about yourself from reading this story?
What do you think God wants you to change about yourself?