Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.
Now that’s the power of love – When years seem like days!
Jacob served seven years to get Rachel as a wife. 7 years! That’s a long time, especially doing something you don’t really enjoy. He was serving as a herdsman. But, if you’ll remember, the Bible indicates that Jacob was a “dweller of tents.” He could make a mean stew; just don’t ask him to go hunt the meat. He was an indoor kind of guy, you see. But, now, he was forced out of his element – exposed to the heat, cold, and wild animals… doing the work of a shepherd. Keeping track of sheep, searching for sheep, counting them, feeding them, giving them water – hard and taxing labor! And Jacob’s contract was for seven years. That’s a long time. That’s 2,555 days of doing something you don’t like.
Was it drudgery for Jacob? Not at all. He served 2,555 days and they only seemed to him like a few. For Jacob seven years of hell was like three days of heaven. How was that even possible?
It’s called the power of love!
You may have heard this quote before:
Faith makes all things possible, and LOVE makes all things easy.
So true. There may be cost, but to speak of cost to a man who’s in love is an insult.
The way Jacob lived for Rachel, I believe, is a great picture of how Jesus lives for YOU.
LOVE! It’s the cure to the doldrums of life. We’ll do anything if given a good enough reason. So what would provoke a man to leave the comforts of his home and conduct a rescue mission – getting crumbled and broken in the process – and count it all joy?!? Pure and simple… LOVE.
As a man is devoted to obtaining his bride at any cost, Jesus, will go through hell and high water for you. Yes, He purchased his bride (his beloved church) at the price of his blood and He ever lives to make intercession for you and me today. Hard work? Yes, very much so. But, if you think about it, I bet it’s really easy for Him… cause He’s motivated by love. Love make the years seem like days. And perhaps that’s why a thousand years is as a single day to God.
It’s called the power of Love.