I will not let You go unless You bless me!
Genesis: Jacob is returning home after 20 years of serving his mother’s brother Laban. He narrowly escaped what could have been a nasty confrontation with Laban, and is afraid that he is about to experience one with his brother Esau. The night before the expected confrontation Jacob, who was left alone, wrestles with a Man. (Hosea identifies the “Man” as an Angel). Finally, because Jacob would not let Him go:
…And He (the Man/Angel) said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he (Jacob) said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!”
So He said to him, “What is your name?” He said, “Jacob.”
And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.”
May we hold on to You today, holding out for Your blessing.
Would You bless us with the blessing You desire for us.
May we not presume to know what that is.
Would You reveal Yourself to us as we seek You.