Being Alone with God


A few weeks ago I took some time to look up the meaning of my first name which is Walter on the internet. I had always had some knowledge that the origin of my name was German but I did not have a full understanding of what my name meant. When I looked up my name on ( according to their website my name meant “ruler of the army”. A few days later after learning the truth about my name, I share the meaning of what my name meant with a co-worker on my job to encourage him that God had a purpose for his life.

During our conversation my co-worker asked me to look at the meaning of my name by taking my last name and placing it in front of my first name. When I did that what I knew as Strong, Walter in the natural sense, the Holy Spirit instantly revealed to me that my last and first names had a direct correlation to the purpose of God that He had for my life. My last and first name which was Strong, Walter from His divine purpose meant that the Lord was calling forth out my life Strong Leadership. Not only had the Lord being calling that forth out of my life but He had been doing it for two previous generations before me out of my father and grandfather lives. Both my grandfather and my father are named Walter Strong Sr., and Walter Strong Jr. The revelation of this truth of my first and last names brought much clarity to me why I was going through certain things in my life and why the Lord had been wrestling with me in my prayer life. I began to understand that He was wrestling with me so that I could realize that He had change my name from (Jacob/Walter Strong III) to (Israel/III Strong, Walter). This revelation also brought to my remembrance of the historical record in the word of God when Jacob was alone with God and the LORD wrestle with him in the midnight hours until the breaking of the day.

And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.

And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.

And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.

And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there (Genesis 32:24-29).

Being Alone with God

I believe the LORD is wrestling with you and me in our lives because of three critical reasons. The First reason I believe the LORD is wrestling with you and me is because He wants us to be alone with Him. Now to be alone with God does not mean to be lonely or to not have someone in your life that would be there for you. However, being alone with God means being willing to learn how to be comfortable being yourself and not always needing someone to validate who you are or your ministry. It also, means that we have to learn how to spend time with God in our Quiet Place of prayer because being alone with Him is so much better than being in a room full of your favorite friends. When things are difficult for us and we are not sure of what our next move should be, we should not fall apart because we are alone in the operating room of life. When a person has to go into surgery to have a procedure done, only that person, the doctor and his assistants who perform the surgery are allowed to be in the operating room. Being alone with God means that it is you and Him and no family members or spouse are allowed in the operating room of His presence. In Psalms 16:11, the Psalmist said “In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore”.

Taking matters in your own hands

A second reason why the LORD is wrestling with you and me is because He wants to bring us to a point of being sick and tired of being sick and tired. When Jacob became aware that His brother Esau was coming to meet him and his family as they journeyed home, he immediately remembered what he done years before to his brother when he had stolen his brother’s firstborn blessing. The last words that Esau spoke concerning his brother was that he wanted to kill Jacob for not only stealing his birthright but also stealing his firstborn blessing (Genesis 27:36-41). Once Jacob received the news of his brother coming, Jacob brought the concern to the Lord in prayer. However, after Jacob had brought the concern to the Lord, a few hours later Jacob would resort in trying to deal with the situation by trying to bribe his brother Esau with gifts and placing the lives of others in harm’s way so that he could save his own skin (Genesis 32:1-21). One minute out of the mouth of Jacob he wanted the Lord to fix the problem he was having with his brother, but at the same time he still wanted to take matters in his own hands.

Before we go and judge brother Jacob, we too have to look in the mirror and see we at one time have done the same thing in our lives. We come to the Lord with tears in our eyes and we say in our head and not with our heart that I am laying my burdens down at your altar. As we start to get off our knees we pick up burdens back off of the altar because we still want to take matters in our own hands. However, the Lord is wrestling with you and me because He wants us to come to a place of being sick and tired of being sick and tired. The Lord desires to change our situations and circumstances but before He will do it He wants to bring the change in us first. As we encounter the Lord’s presence in our lives. He will challenge us and confront us until we are totally depended upon Him.

And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.

And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me (Genesis 25-26).

God has a new name for you

A final reason why the LORD is wrestling with us is because the greatness of God that is on the inside us that we have allowed to be hindered can now be released. In the word of God we learn that God change Abram name which meant the exalted father to Abraham which meant the father of many nations (Genesis 17:3-5). He also, gave Jacob the wisdom during the birth of his twelve son to have his name changed from Benoni which meant son of my sorrow to Benjamin which meant son of my right hand (Genesis 35:16-19). Sometimes people, circumstances and life if will allow them will name us because of the pain and suffering that they were dealing with in the season of their life. However, our God is calling for His greatness to come forth from our lives and it will not be altered by the personal drama that happened to someone else. God is wrestling with us so that He can transform us into strong Men and Women of God who will stand on His word. He is wrestling with us so that His greatness that is on the inside us will be release not just in our lives but to bless the generations to come that will follow us. I encourage you my brother and sister as you experience God wrestling with you in your life today, know that He is doing it because He wants to bless you and change your name so that you can become the person God has called you to be for His Glory (Genesis 32:24-29).



6 Replies to “Being Alone with God”

  1. Spot on. I’m challenged because I know he made me strong and courageous for many of my past challenges. My biggest challenge on this subject is not knowing when a battle is His. As you know, fighting drains, hurts, and injures but can empower others to stand. As I weaken, I’ve laid more of my struggles down and allowed God to work. Still very short but praying, learning, and applying his principles.

    1. Hello my brother, I really appreciate your feedback on my latest blog. I am so glad that the Lord is longsuffering toward us as go through his process purpose and greatness. The place of brokenness is a place that allow us to move out of the way and allow the Lord to show himself strong and mighty in our lives. God Bless Elder W Strong III.

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