What a curve ball—Jacob worked for 7 years to marry the love of his life. At the last minute, his uncle out-slicked him. The amazing thing was that he then married the love of his life and it made the next 7 years pass in no time. Jacob was in a journey that was not one he expected. But in the process he was about to learn how dependent he would have to be on God. Then God allowed his plan to unfold in his time, and the result would forever change the world. I am sure Jacob could not see that his 2 wives would save Israel in the short term and save the world forever. But, what he could see is that God delivered him from his brother and to his family in Haran. He showed Jacob his dream and promised his covenant. Jacob knew God was God and He was not.
When we face life, it is often a curve ball. We do not receive what we expect, and often we feel out-slicked, overwhelmed and confused. But, in the end, God meets our needs and executes his plan for the long term. We forever look back and see his provision and plan unfolded. We then cling to the history as a reminder he controls our future. Then the years pass like a week. In the meanwhile, we continue to trust him and allow him to work in our lives. Help me, Lord to cling to you and walk in your plan and not mine.
God Bless You
19 Laban said, “It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her. 21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to make love to her. ”22 So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast. 23 But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her. 24 And Laban gave his servant Zilpah to his daughter as her attendant.
25 When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me? ”26 Laban replied, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one. 27 Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work. ”28 And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. 29 Laban gave his servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her attendant. 30 Jacob made love to Rachel also, and his love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years.