Jacob Wrestles All Night and Ends up with a Permanent Limp
As Jacob approached his home land he b egan to fear that Esau would attack. Jacob took some defensive measures to protect his people and possessions. He sent his wives and children across a stream and was left alone waiting for Esau.
A man appeared and to protect his family, Jacob wrestled with this man who was a pre-incarnate Christ or an angel from God, or perhaps, even God Himself.
They fought over Jacob's desire to be "above God" and in control.
They wrestled all night as God essentially allowed Jacob to feel like he was winning. As daybreak neared, God touched the socket of Jacob's hip and wrenched his hip out of joint so as to end the struggle before daylight enabled Jacob to see God's face.
Jacob insisted on a blessing before allowing the struggle to end. God blessed him by changing his name to Israel. This is when Jacob was reborn. From that day, Jacob walked with a limp -- so it clearly was a real physical struggle and not a dream.
How do we struggle with God? Why is God willing to allow us to wrestle with Him?