Like Jacob and the angel.

A lot of people struggle with ambiguity on matters of faith. They don’t want to hear about differing theological views on an issue where Christians disagree; they really want a spokesperson from God to give them a definitive answer on every theological question they’re wrestling with. Wrestling with confusing texts and differing interpretations is just too hard.

And in our society, there are a lot of people ready to step into that “spokesperson” role and tell you exactly what the right answer is, with an air of absolute confidence.

I’m not one of those people.

But then again, I find it interesting that Jesus taught in obscure parables and encouraged his disciples to wrestle with hard teachings rather than always giving them the clear answers they wanted. Perhaps there’s value in the wrestling.