As Jacob wrestled with the Angel, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Genesis 32:25
Jacob had in the past struggled with maintaining character and integrity. He tricked his father into giving him the blessing of the firstborn son which belonged to his brother Esau. Esau made a plan to kill him and Jacob ran away in order to escape death. Genesis 27
Jacob lived with his wives and children among their relatives until the servant of his father in law complained that Jacob was prospering more than Laban. Again Jacob decided to run away from this situation in order to save his life. Genesis 31
It was at this time that God instructed Jacob to return to his home country in order to make peace with his brother Esau. Genesis 31 Jacob was worried for his life and that night Jacob prayed and wrestled with the decision that God had asked him to make. It is never easy to face our fears and to go back to deal with an unresolved issue from our past.
Running away never solves the issue and you will find similar problems appearing in other relationships if that old issue has not been resolved. Jacob’s wrestle led to his blessing and this changed his character. Jacob’s name was changed to Israel and his brother Esau could see the difference in him and instead of taking his life, embraced him.
We cannot outrun our past and issues left unresolved will surface in future relationships. God will often require us to return to the place where relationships were broken. There are times when we will have to make amends and demonstrate our ability to change who we are.