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Hindsight and Foresight

Sunday Scripture: Genesis 32:22-31
Sermon: Hindsight and Foresight – Jacob wrestles at Jabbok

Soren Kierkegaard wrote, “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Some of life’s crucial turning points are recognizable only in retrospect. We look back and discover decisions made thoughtlessly or those that changed the whole direction of our existence. In other times, we are keenly aware of the intensity of the struggle to make choices. In the sermon on Wheat and Weeds I shared my own experience of living in an ambiguous world where the choices we sometimes have to make are neither clear nor easy.  This week Jacob wrestles with decisions he made earlier and the natural and logical consequences of those decisions.  He meets a messenger of God sat the river Jabbok who holds up a mirror to help Jacob understand how he contributed his being caught between a rock and a hard place.  Our difficulty perceiving is one of the reasons we need so deeply the guidance of the Holy Spirit when we take God seriously in our lives.  In worship we will explore this passage more fully.