"God seems to honor struggle.
His nation's name, Israel, implies He wants His people to strip down to the flesh and do battle with Him.
He blesses even the one who fights against Him,
as long as the fight is with Him,
for the sake of knowing Him and being known by Him.
In my fury and hatred against God, I still suspect that God will destroy me.
In fact, He should.
His plan, instead, is merely to cripple me,
to mark me with His awesome handiwork of brokenness, weakness, and poverty.
The creator God,
who dwells in majesty and glory,
walks with the
marks of shame in His hands and side,
and invites me
to bear the same honor.
It is in this context that I understand the message of the gospel."
Dan Allender, Bold Love, Stunned into Silence: The Liberating Insult of Grace, pg. 79