So Jacob served seven years to get Rachael, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her. Genesis 29:20
Thinking about patiences, that is something that I struggle with and no doubt our society struggles with. Think about it, our society strives on faster (cars, internet speeds, food, skipping commercials), that when things aren’t done in timely manner, we don’t like it. To me, what really gets me is the not knowing part. It seems like I can wait, however, I want to know the plan and what is going to happen.
So when I read the verse above, it really makes me stop and think. I don’t know about you, but seven years is a very long time to wait for something that you know is coming. But did you catch what Jacob said…”but it only seemed like a few days to him because of his love for her.” Again…a few days, there are 2,556 days in seven years, and to him it only seemed like a few days…Wow!
So this is Jacob waiting on his future wife…and it didn’t even seem to faze him. I imagine that Jacob just continued to work and go on with life doing what he knew what to do. So if Jacob is willing to do this for his future wife, how much more do you think that you and I should have this heart and mind set for our Father in Heaven? We have to learn to trust and be dependent on God. His way is the best and only and way to go.
2 Thessalonians 1:4-5 says, We proudly tell God’s other churches about your endurance and faithfulness in all the persecutions and hardships you are suffering. And God will use this persecution to show His justice and to make you worthy of His Kingdom, for which you are suffering. So many times Christians think that something is wrong when things in life don’t seem to be going right…just rest assured that God is in control and He knows what He is doing. Maybe you feel like you don’t know what you are pressing forward to…just reread the verse, “God will use this persecution (trials in our life) to show His justice and to make you worthy of His Kingdom.”
Be patient…God has got this!