The wrestling match of faith

June 23, 2013 § 1 Comment

Jacob wrestling with the angel. By Gustav Dore. Courtesy of

Want to share a passage that will go great with a nightcap or perfect with your morning coffee. I know a lot of people — parents, students, and teachers; men and women of all ages and backgrounds — are working hard to come to meet God, striving to hear His voice. This passage, I believe, will be of some inspiration, as it is for me:

Faith is not certainty. It is the courage to live with uncertainty. Faith is never easy. The great heroes of the moral life, like the great artists and scientists and thinkers, like anyone who has undertaken to live a life of high ideals, know failure after failure, disappointment after disappointment. What made them great is that they refused to despair. Like Jacob wrestling with the angel, they said to fate, “I will not let you go until you bless me” (Genesis 32:26). Judaism is built on that faith. Jews refused to let go of God, and God refused to let go of them. They wrestle still. So do all who have faith.

-Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, from his book The Great Partnership: Science, Religion and the Search for Meaning

Posted by Matt Emerson.


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