Never the Same
Our text is from Genesis 32:32. Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew that shrank.
In verse 25 of this chapter Jacob has a wrestling match with the angel of the Lord. Of course there was no contest. The angel of the Lord touched Jacob’s thigh and after that he walked with a limp the rest of his days. After God touched his body he was never the same.
That is the way it is with us after we have an encounter with God. We are never be the same. When God touches our body or the body of our loved ones, that usually gets our attention.
Look at some of the other characters in the Bible. Abraham in the offering up of his son, Moses on the top of Mt. Sinai, Samuel with the hearing of the voice of the Lord, Paul on the way to Damascus, Peter in his vision of animals in the sheet, Lazarus back from the dead, the blind made to see, the deaf made to hear, the lame made to walk, and the sick healed, and many others. Those that get saved are never the same. The Bible tells us that when you get saved you are a “new creature”. (Read 2 Corinthians 5:17).
I remember after I had my heart attack, it was as if God was trying to get my attention. He did. When Christians encounter something like this, the first thing they will do is think, “Is it me, Lord—what do you want?” or something of this nature. Anyway, the point is that after I got out of the hospital I was never the same physically or spiritually. No one is after those kind of things. Unfortunately many ignore God even after these things. Then God may have to send even a stronger message. God wants something from you and he hasn’t given up on you yet, else He would take you on home to be with Him.
Always remember though…once you have an encounter with Him you will never be the same.