The Difference Between Work and Passion–Genesis 29 Part 3

Jacob had been deceived.  He married Leah, thinking he was marrying Rachel.  He had worked tirelessly for 7 years for his uncle to win Rachel’s hand–only to find he was now the Husband of Leah.  But, then his uncle did something to change the game–He offered Rachel for only 7 more years of labor–Jacob did not bat an eye–“Sign me up!” He said. After the wedding, Jacob worked the seven additional years and the verse says…”So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.

When we are doing something we are passionate about, it no longer seems like work.  We give our all–yet it seems easy.  We work all hours, yet it seems like no time at all.  That is how our walk with the Lord is supposed to be.  We are no longer obligatorily checking off religious duties, instead we are passionately seeking God.  As we do, we gain strength–we are happier and healthier than any time when we are doing anything else.  What’s more, we have plenty of drive to attack every aspect of life with power and excitement.  We are content simply to follow him and allow him to do the rest.  We should have that passion in our lives–the passion to follow God with all that lives within us!

God Bless You

Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah had weak[a] 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.”

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.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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