As I read through Genesis 31 & 32, I
see Jacob face back-to-back crises.
God tells Jacob to return to his homeland. As he leaves, he faces a father-in-law who angrily confronts him.
Only a few verses later, Jacob faces his angry brother Esau who had wanted to kill him and caused him to flee for his life.
Amazingly, God continued to re-affirm Jacob throughout the crises. In fact, God brought re-affirmation in a supernatural way through angelic visitation and a dream.
There are times when I struggle and question God just like Jacob (Genesis 32:9). I follow God's direction only to face crisis. I have found that God never fails to encourage me when I need it most--in the most creative ways possible.
I'm learning to always be looking for an wrestling angel or a ladder.