I Can’t Even Walk

I Can’t Even Walk

I Can’t Even Walk… In Genesis 32, we find Isaac’s son Jacob fearful about his meeting up with his long-lost brother, Esau. It’s been 20 years since Jacob, the con man, cheated Esau out of both his birthright and his father’s blessing. Jacob by now was wealthy, had 11 sons, and was frantic with fear. Knowing Esau was coming to meet him with 400 soldiers, Jacob decided to send lavish gifts ahead of their meeting, hoping to soften Esau’s heart toward him. He would do whatever it took to save the life of his family, and of course save his own skin in the process. While waiting until morning to meet his fate with Esau, Jacob wrestled with the Angel all night. “In his strength he struggled with God. Yes, he struggled with the Angel and prevailed.” (Hosea 12:3-4). Jacob was determined to receive a blessing from this man, this physical manifestation of God Himself. (32:24-31). This wrestling Angel could be none other than Jesus, God in the form of man. This mysterious wrestling match demonstrated Jacob’s strength of will and determination. He would not be denied a blessing from heaven, from this Messenger of Yahweh. The Angel changed Jacob’s name to Israel after the match, “because you have fought with God and with men and have prevailed.” After receiving his hard-fought blessing from the Lord, Jacob named that place Peniel, which means “face of God.” “For I have seen God face-to-face, yet my life has been spared.” (32:30). The next day, Jacob and Esau reconciled, and made peace with each other. And because the Angel threw Jacob’s hip out of joint, Jacob had to limp for the rest of his life. He had to lean on his staff and learn how to depend on God instead of his own wits. Jacob became Israel, and his faith never wavered from that day onward. Because of his encounter with Christ, Jacob was a  changed man, and he enjoyed a whole new and deeper relationship with God. When Jacob finally discovered that he couldn’t even walk without God’s help, he became the saint that God always wanted him to be.

Cody Johnson: I Can’t Even Walk lyric video – YouTube

Charles Johnson, The Revivers – I Can’t Even Walk [Live] – YouTube

Southern Gospel Revival: Jamie Wilson – I Can’t Even Walk – YouTube