As I was reading the early passages about Jacob and how deceitful he was with Esau, I could not help but to think it was wrong what he did. But, now I see that God has a funny way of bringing things around again. This time Jacob was deceived by Laban. I could not help but to think if Jacob thought of his brother, and felt bad for the deceitful things that he had done to him. God is fair and just, if you are treating someone poorly, and you know in your heart that it is wrong, God has interesting ways of bringing that to light.
Patience is a hard "Fruit" to learn. Especially in today's world. It seems like we are pushed to do more with less time. Due to the demands that are put on us, we demand more and have less patience for life and people. Jacob's patience in waiting for Rachel was impressive, 14 years.
Right now in my life one lesson that God is teaching me is to not walk before Him, and try to hurry Him up. But to have the patience and walk with Him. It has been a hard lesson to learn, but I am really loving it, God is showing me a new side to Him. My patience for Him is also flowing out to the patience I have with other people. It is funny when you take care of your vertical relationship, your horizontal relationships follow.
If you are walking before or after God, I would encourage you to walk with Him, the blessings you will feel with amaze you.
"So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.
Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to lie with her."
So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast. But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and gave her to Jacob, and Jacob lay with her. And Laban gave his servant girl Zilpah to his daughter as her maidservant.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 girl Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her maidservant. 30 Jacob lay with Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years."