God hears our prayers, but may not always respond exactly the way we expect. In last week’s passage, Jacob showed himself a man of godly action and a man of godly prayer. He was walking straight into a potentially dangerous situation hoping, despite his anxiety, the Lord would deliver him. This week, God begins to answer Jacob’s prayer, but not at all like Jacob envisioned. We’re going to see God grab ahold of Jacob and make a new man out of him. And in the process, we’ll learn from Jacob that the only way to overcome defeat and death is to grab hold of God. Just like Jacob, it takes a life-changing, God-altering intervention to bring us to that point. Only God can make that happen. This Sunday we will look at how Jacob’s wrestling provides us encouragement and life-changing hope, even in the face of defeat and death.