Genesis 32:23-33 Reflection:
Today we have the reading of Jacob fighting with God all night. It ends in a draw. The Lord says that from now on Jacob shall be called Israel.
Jacob then asks the Lord his name. The Lord refuses to give it.
What is going on?
Jacob is behaving the same as us; he wants to know who God is. But God does not necessarily want to be known by us. He hides something of himself, in this case his name, because he wants us to be a people of faith. Jacob is asked to go on, having encountered the God whose name he does not know.
This is our God, a God of faith and not one who just gives us answers and solutions. God asks us to have trust in Him. If we knew everything, we would not need faith. Based on our nature, would you not agree that we would most likely use this knowledge in an attempt for personal power and personal gain?
The Christian God is not like any other. The god of science provides answers for our senses (touch, taste, feel and sight). The god of the world is focused on gaining money and power. The Christian God deals with what science cannot address, love, kindness, pleasure, etc..
Our God appears to keep himself hidden from us but works with our senses to show us enough of His love and power to keep us going and strengthen our hope in Him and in us.
All we need to do is to persevere...keep seeking God!