Genesis 28:1-29:35 Matthew 9:18-38 Psalm 11:1-7 Proverbs 3:11-12
Are there any young men or women who would wait for seven years for the one they love? Or wait another seven years for that same person? Delayed gratification is on display in today’s Old Testament story.
16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful. 18 Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.”
Jacob left for Harran and met Rachel at a well where he stopped to drink. He was glad to see he had met some family on this difficult trip and must have been taken in by her beauty. He said he would work for seven years, seven years! We have a difficult time waiting for seven minutes in much of our culture today. Think about how agitated we get when the page won’t load, or in the line at the grocery store or waiting on the telephone.
And then, Jacob is duped by Laban, although seems fitting after what Jacob had did to his brother. But still we agrees to another seven years for the wife he was first given, Leah. Here Jacob gave 14 years of his life to be able to marry the women he loved. I find it remarkable and encouraging. My wife and I host a podcast, Purposeful Marriage, and I want to believe I would have waited any length of time for my bride, but it takes faith.
20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 21 She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”
In this story, faith is on display! This woman knows without a shadow of a doubt that just touching the hem of Jesus’ cloak and she will be healed. Jesus “felt the power go from him” and turned to tell the woman, “your faith has healed you.”
I see these two stories being important to the life of a believer: patience and faith. How many times in your life did you act too quickly becuase you didn’t have the faith to wait? How many mistakes have you made because you acted before you prayed? I can think of many, but one that was very painful, a move to Nebraska, but more on that later.
If we have faith in what we cannot see, then we must have patience to know it will be done in God’s time. Jacob acted at the well when he talked with Rachel, but he waited for God’s timing. Something to think about.
What do you think? Until next time, peace.
Tyndale. The One Year Bible NIV (OYB: Full Size) (Kindle Locations 1511-1512). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.