We are going to sidestep from our Fruit of the Spirit study for a couple of weeks, due to circumstances beyond my control. Meanwhile… Enjoy what we can deem as, “Lessons in Love from Jacob and Rachel”.
Jacob and Rachel – Behind the Love Story
Laban said, “It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.” So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her. (Genesis 29:19-20, NIV)
The Grief of Waiting
While we wait for our earthly mate, or suitable helper as Genesis 2:18 puts it, there is comfort in knowing that Jacob, too, had to wait for his beloved wife. He waited a long time. He was, at least, 40 years of age before leaving for Laban’s. So we know, his time of waiting wasn’t a short one. Once meeting and falling for Rachel, he would commit to serving for seven long years. For seven years, he would wait. This would have added onto the wait time Jacob experienced. He had plenty of time to wait, pray, and contemplate what his life would become when God granted him his wife.
During these seven years of servings and courting, God would prepare Jacob and Rachel for the new season of their lives. They would come together, as husband and wife.
Jacob did his share of the work and was happy for every opportunity to be with Rachel… Once again we see growth in Jacob’s character as he patiently served Laban for seven difficult years. Shepherding isn’t an easy vocation, and seven years is a long time, but Jacob’s love for Rachel took the burden out of the work and caused the time to pass quickly. It’s been well said that happiness consists of having someone to love, something to do, and something to look forward to; and Jacob had all three. – Warren Wiersbe, on Genesis 29:14-20
When God is Involved…
During our own time of waiting, God wants to make those times seem like “just a few days”. This is made possible as we draw near to Christ. In John 15, we are called to stay close to Him.
Stay joined to me, and I will stay joined to you. Just as a branch cannot produce fruit unless it stays joined to the vine, you cannot produce fruit unless you stay joined to me. Stay joined to me and let my teachings become part of you. I have loved you, just as my Father has loved me. So remain faithful to my love for you. If you obey me, I will keep loving you, just as my Father keeps loving me, because I have obeyed him (John 15:4, 7a, 9-10).
Our Eternal Love Story
At my home church, we have been going over the importance of not neglecting our first love. This is an important lesson. We need to let God remain our number one, over everything! Even Jacob and Rachel, had to make sure God remained their number one. Or they become like the church in Ephesus who received this rebuke from the Lord.
But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first (Rev. 2:4, NLT)!
We need to come back to God as our first love.
We need to quit making Him wait around… He deserves so much more from us!
We need to come repenting of our sin.
We need to come with offerings of praise.
As Christ’s disciples, how are we continuing to fuel the fire in our relationship with Christ? What are we doing to make and keep Him first in our lives? Scripture reminds us that He wants us to remain in Him, He loves us and will keep loving us if we obey Him, and we need to reciprocate that love. We must remain in Him. Focusing on Christ. We need to live out Colossians 3, and keep our focus where Christ is.
- Have you thought of your time of waiting? Often?
- How might God be preparing you for a new season of life?
- How are you deliberately clinging to Christ?