Read Genesis 32:25 out loud with your family.
Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.
Q: Did God fight dirty against Jacob?
Parent Note: No! God put Jacob's hip joint out of place to help Jacob realize his need for God. Jacob knew God had a plan for his life. He knew that God had promised to bless him. That didn't stop Jacob from going out and getting everything he wanted on his own terms. Now, as his brother and 400 men were heading his way, Jacob faced a situation he couldn't talk or cheat his way out of; he needed God. Yet, Jacob was still trying to make a deal with God by reminding Him that he promised to bless him and with Esau by sending him gifts. Jacob continued to do things on his own. He didn't trust or rely on God. This injured hip served two purposes: 1) it made it so Jacob wouldn't physically be able to defend himself against Esau, and 2) it would serve as a reminder of his reliance on God.
Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:
Dear God, thank You for being dependable.
I know that You’re always faithful, even if I am not.
Please help me to rely on You when it’s hard for me to trust.
In Jesus’s name, amen.