We don’t study like we used to.
Perhaps it’s bad that we don’t study as much as we used to.
Perhaps it’s good that we don’t study the way we used to: to prove what we already “know” to be true.
We still need, like Jacob, to wrestle with God. We need to have our spiritual hips knocked out of joint once in a while, so that we can’t escape facing what we fear.
Because what we fear most just might be the long-absent older brother we’ve cheated, running with his army to catch up to us and deliver — not vengeance — but a kiss of greeting and an embrace of love.
Love casting out fear: the last thing we expected.