And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. EXODUS 4:2-3
God has not been able to do much in our lives because we are full of our own abilities. The angel touched Jacob’s thigh (the hamstring muscle), it went out of joint and he was weakened. The hamstring muscle, which is one of the most powerful muscles in the body, was weakened in the course of the encounter Jacob had with God. When God said to Moses, ‘Drop your rod,’ (Exodus 4:2-3) He was literally saying, ‘Surrender your strength (that thing you depend on ) and put it down.’
Therefore, one of the secrets of Divine encounter is willingness to surrender personal strength or ability. When you surrender your strength and ability, the glory for the manifestations and possibilities in your life will go back to God. As far as you continue struggling via your own strength God will sit back and watch, But once you surrender to Him, He steps into action in your life.
Another secret to Divine encounter is willingness to surrender personal steps and strategies. Moses tried at first to deliver the children of Israel by using physical energy but he failed. God encountered him and gave him a change of strategy. When God told Moses to pull his shoes, what He meant was, ‘From today onward, I am the One to tell you when to wear it and where. I am the one to direct your steps and dictate your actions.
If you are going to encounter God, you must allow Heaven to give you strategy and steps. When the angel touched Jacob, his walking steps changed from that day. The reason for some people’s failure is marriage to tradition. There are certain things you have been doing your own way that are not working, but God is saying, ‘If you are ready for Me to change your approach and steps, then you are ready for an encounter.
You have to from today surrender your strength and any ability you claim to have to God and depend solely on His strength and strategy. Keep this to mind, ‘Your degree of yieldedness determines your degree of usefulness in the Hands of God.’ Remain blessed.