It is possible to wrestle against God but it is not possible to win the match. When we wrestle with God it means that we are finding fault with His will for our lives, and how can we please Him if He is not pleasing us? It is showing a lack of faith in His promise that “I will never fail you or forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5), instead of trusting that He knows what’s best for us.
When we wrestle against God we stand on dangerous ground, because if we continue to oppose Him, eventually He will remove Himself from us altogether and give us over to a retrobate mind. (Romans 1:21-32). Our conscience will be seared until we can’t tell the difference between right and wrong. Good becomes evil and evil becomes good. We may appear to have won the fight, but some day we will all have to stand before the judgment seat of Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:10)
We wrestle against God when we wrestle against sin without asking for God’s help, because we are substituting our rules for His. Our conscience may supress temptation for a season, but ultimately we give into the sin that entangles us and punish ourselves once again. One sin is exchanged for another but because we love our sin the pattern continues. Deliverence can only begin when the love of Christ quenches the love of sin.
God wants to be engaged in our battles, not as our opponent, but as our protector. When we call on Him through prayer, the enemy will fall at our feet. God wants to remove our self-destructive habits and fill our spirit with love and grace. He knows there will always be a war between our old nature (before knowing Christ) and our new nature (after receiving Christ) while we are still in our mortal bodies. We overcome one temptation and another one flares up. Believers are not called to triumph, but only to begin to fight. “If God is for us, then who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) (Judy Whittaker)