P R E V A I L - Verse of the Day

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Ray McClendon | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, May 18 2015 1:36 PM

I thought this theological verse was a good fit for the Verse of the Day...

 

P R E V A I L

 

Unworthy he, of least of all the deeds

 The steadfast, faithful love of God had wrought

 Now, poised to reap that night those bitter seeds

 Sown selfish through the years, his only thought

 Of heeding self, heedless of other’s needs

 Now faces the Jabbok Judge!

 

The nameless nemesis approached, stood fast

 Closed, then grappled with the fear-filled one

 The struggle with Lord Consequence would last

 One who’d not be cheated nor outrun

 Until the dawn, when chastened Jacob cast

 His desperate plea!

 

Face to face with Fear. Self. Sin. Shame.

 Isaac’s son found himself in a new place

 Confessing, repenting of a name

 Too fitting and fit only for disgrace

“You’re Israel now!” God would proclaim

 The foe he could not best!

 

We too, struggle long into our night

 Grappling with ourselves, what we’ve become

 Must resolve to not give up the fight

 Weary yes, yet refusing to succumb

 Longing to be blessed at last, to do what’s right

 We limp toward home!

 

Ray McClendon

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And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O LORD who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your kindred, that I may do you good,’ I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two camps. Please deliver me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear.”

–Genesis 32:9-11

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