The Strength of Love

by Yohan Mao (33rd Batch)

Now Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.” Genesis 29:18 (NKJV)

 Jacob fell in love with Rachel and wanted her to be his wife, so he served Laban for seven years to get her. But when the wedding evening came, Laban exchanged Rachel for Leah. Jacob was shocked and confused to see this thing. Laban had to explain this to Jacob that it is a custom for an elder sister to get married first. However, Jacob was allowed to do another seven years of labor to get Rachel whom he really loved.

Being a shepherd was a difficult job. He had to deal with the weather–the drought by day and the frost by night. His sleep departed from his eyes. Sometimes he had to deal with wild animals that would try to harm the flocks. The hardest thing to deal with was the loneliness of being away from home in a distant land.

Because of his love toward Rachel, he had to wait and endure all kinds of hardships before him. But to him, it seemed only a few days of work because of the love that had kept his heart from weariness and discouragement. That love allowed him to create hope and joy that added to his strength to accomplish his task in order that his longed-for moment would come true.

It is our love for God that enables us to endure trials and difficulties in life and wait no matter how long it would take. Love does not disappoint us from reaching our hope and dream to be with Him who is Love and who lives within us in every heartbeat. His promises are trustworthy. He is with us always and He will never leave us nor forsake us. He is always watching over us in every moment, let’s not forget that.

We are to work with Him, helping to provide comfort and shelter for the flock of souls that He entrusted to us. We know it is hard and it is beyond our strength to do the work, but we should also know that what He expects from us is nothing else but our honesty and willingness to work for Him. The pains and sufferings that we have for Him would be counted worthy and valuable in exchange for the glorious rewards when He comes.

 Let’s not count how long it would take for that final day to arrive but how long we are going to spend eternity in the presence of our Lord.