Jacob wrestled with God and so God gave him a new name: “Israel” (He struggles with God).  In the match-up, God didn’t go easy on Jacob. Maybe God hasn’t been easy on you either. At the outset, you might have been sold on a relationship with Jesus because you were told it would make life easier.  But maybe you’ve found that a walk with God is tough. It’s a struggle.  But we’ll find in the Jacob story today that there is something good God wants to give us that we can only get in a struggle with him.