Devotional for Tuesday February 11th

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Patience”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Jacob agreed to work seven more years. A week after Jacob had married Leah, Laban gave him Rachel, too.” Genesis 29:28 (NLT)
 
Our thought for today: “Have patience for the things that matter.”
 
How Jacob must have loved Rachel. If you’re familiar with this story from Genesis chapter 29, then you know that Jacob was infatuated with the young girl Rachel and wanted to marry her. In that culture it was the father who chose a husband for the daughter, and the prospective husband was expected to pay a bride price. In Jacob’s case, he agreed to work for Laban for seven years in exchange for receiving Rachel as his wife. But Laban tricked Jacob by actually giving him the older daughter Leah as his wife instead. But then, after Jacob complained about the trickery, Laban offered to give Jacob Rachel as well in exchange for seven more years of labor. Jacob eagerly agreed and in the end earned Rachel as his wife too.
 
By our current cultural standards this story is disturbing on many levels. There are issues of polygamy; there is deceit; there is the issue of poor Leah being treated as damaged and unwanted goods. But putting aside the distasteful and dysfunctional elements of the story, what stands out is Jacob’s love for Rachel and his willingness to patiently work fourteen long years in order to win her hand in marriage.
 
Jacob’s patient endurance over a sustained period of time in order to achieve a desired goal is instructive for us. Achieving anything worthwhile usually takes time. We have to work at it and we have to be willing to stick with it. Earning a college degree, achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, building a strong and resilient marriage, all of those things take time, commitment, and perseverance. That’s also true of most other things that really matter.
 
What long-term objectives are you currently pursuing? Hopefully you’re not giving fourteen years of hard labor in pursuit of the perfect spouse, but whatever your goals are, you’ll have to stick with it if you want to eventually have success. Achieving anything worthwhile usually takes time, persistence, and a great deal of patience. I encourage you to just stick with it.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim

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