Pressed to God's Heart

"Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.
Pressed to God's Heart
Let us compose a proverb from this history: when you think that our Lord God has rejected a person, you should think that our Lord God has him in His arms and is pressing him to His heart. When we suppose that someone has been deserted and rejected by God, then we should conclude that he is in the embrace and the lap of God. So Jacob feels and thinks nothing else but that he will be destroyed. But when he takes stock of matters, he is held fast in the embrace of the Son of God. The example of Job in his humiliation and affliction teaches the same. For in this wonderful manner the Lord treats His saint (Psalm 4:3), namely, when we think that it is all over with us, He embraces and kisses us as His dearest sons. This is what Paul means when he says: "When I am weak, I am strong; when I die, I live" (cf. 2 Timothy 2:11; 2 Corinthians 12:10).
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