Food for thought…Recognizing Who We Are

recognizing who we are

Who likes being uncomfortable? Nobody right?! But here’s the deal, we learn more from being uncomfortable and from messing up than we ever do from not trying and living in ease.


A friend stopped by last night and we got to chatting. We had been on a fast together for some spiritual breakthroughs in her life. I had asked her what the Lord had shown her. As tears began to fall she opened up and was very honest. She would well up at times. The words just wouldn’t come. But through this she was learning what was on the inside of her. “I wasn’t where I thought I was”.


God will bring us through things so that we will have to admit what we are. When God said “what is your name?” It wasn’t that He forgot but the last time Jacob had answered that question he had lied. God asked that question so that Jacob would acknowledge what and who he was. It was only after that admittance that we find Jacob on the right path. Painful? Quite. Lonely? Very much. Hurtful? Bitterly. But when we are faced with what we have done or do not do, it can be painful. What remains of what we do with that pain? Do we acknowledge it? Do we say what we are or try to push it off on someone else?


Lord, just as you took Jacob down very rough and painful roads, we can expect a similar trek. Repentance is to turn from sin. Acknowledge and own our sin before you. Then can we ask for forgiveness. Each day I ask that you prick our hearts and bring us closer to you. Teach us that the pain keeps us humble and honest, if we will let it. When we are confronted with these things I pray we can say to the Lord what we are.

Genesis 32:27-28 “And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” You can spend years upon years on the run but end up just as empty as Jacob before his transformation.

Written By: Courtney Gilkinson

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