Archive | February, 2013

7 years

14 Feb

Do you know where the best place is to find a good love story?

No, it’s not Hollywood. It’s the Bible! This may surprise you, but the Bible is packed with love stories!

One of my favorites is the love story of Jacob and Rachel.

The first time Jacob laid his eyes on Rachel, it is love at first sight. (how romantic is that?!)

Genesis 29:18 says, “Since Jacob was in love with Rachel, he told her father, ‘I’ll work for you for seven years if you’ll give me Rachel, your younger daughter, as my wife.’”

Wait… what?

Jacob is willing to work 7 years to have Rachel as his wife! Now that’s extreme!

Jacob fulfills his promise and eventually (read the full story for all the dramatic details) has Rachel as his wife

The men in the Bible set some pretty high standards for Christian men…

Jacob was willing to work 7 years for the woman he loved!

But my favorite love story of all in the Bible would have to be the story of Jesus giving his life because of his love for you and me… it is the greatest love story ever told. Even the story of Jacob and Rachel pales in comparison.

Jesus gave his life, Jacob gave 7 years of his life. These men were willing to sacrifice all for love.

This leads me to believe that we should be looking for this trait in the men that we date and/or marry.

What is your boyfriend/spouse willing to sacrifice for you?

I think too often girls aren’t willing to wait the 7 years for the right man. We get lonely on year 2 and settle for someone less.

We underestimate the power of the waiting period. This is an amazing time to seek God and serve Him fully. Marriage is a big responsibility that changes your whole life. While you are waiting for the right man, you can become the right woman.

What if you knew that God had the right man waiting for you… in 7 years? Would you wait for him? Or would you settle for less in the meantime?

Before my husband and I started dating, he hadn’t had a girlfriend for 7 years. But, this was not because he didn’t want to, it was because he was seeking God and waiting for the right woman. During this time God used him to do great things and become the man he needed to be.

I am so glad that he spent 7 years working for me, even though he didn’t know it at the time. By obeying God and serving him, he was becoming the man that I would one day marry.  I know it was perfectly in Gods timing, because if we would have fallen in love sooner, it would not have been right.

Obviously 7 years is just an idea from the Bible. Maybe your “7 years” is really 1 year or 2 years. Or 7 years. Either way, trust in His timing.

Although waiting can be fulfilling, I will not ignore the fact that it is often lonely. God created us for marriage, with a deep longing for companionship. Remember, loneliness is only a place you travel through, not the destination.

 

Set your standards high. Compare the man in your life to Jacob and ultimately Jesus. Is he willing to sacrifice for you? If not, he is probably not the right man.

Be willing to wait. I hate using the word wait because it sounds so inactive. Waiting can be one of the most fulfilling seasons of your life! Before you are joined with one person for the rest of your life, you can spend more time falling in love with Jesus.

Don’t settle for less in the meantime and, if necessary, wait 7 years for the man God has for you!

 

P.S. Happy Valentines Day!!