More than just waiting

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, November 19, 2019

So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her. Genesis 29:20

Despite all the negative things that can be said about Jacob, he was a patient man and a true romantic. Genesis 29:18, says, Jacob was in love with Rachel and offered to work seven years for her father Laban to pay the bride price. For seven years, this man waited to marry the love of his life. Genesis 29:20, says the seven years seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.

After seven years, Laban tricked Jacob and gave him his oldest daughter Leah in marriage instead of Rachel. Jacob was asked to work another seven years to have Rachel as his wife. He did as Laban demanded and finally married the love of his life.

Jacob patiently worked for fourteen years to win the love of his life. He was not just sitting in his tent, waiting for Rachel to join him. For seven years, he diligently worked as a shepherd while waiting to become a husband to Rachel. Then he worked for another seven years for the privilege to marry her. His patience was fueled by his love for Rachel. However, it was his hard work ethic that sustained him long enough so he can achieve his dream of winning Rachel.

Patience is often described as an act of martyrdom. People who are made to wait on God often intimates how difficult it is for them to wait. They talk as if patience is a sacrifice and not a virtue.

Patience is no more challenging to cultivate than compassion or humility. What makes patience so challenging for some people is the thought that patience means waiting without a sense of focus and determination! Because Jacob was determined to win Rachel, he was willing to wait as long as necessary, while working to make it happen.

It is easier to wait patiently on the Lord while doing his will and using our gifts and talents accordingly. To remain idle while waiting for a miracle does not make a person patient. We have to continue to work out our salvation as we wait on the Lord. Indeed, patience is more than just waiting. Patience comes from faith in action.

Whatever our hope or dream, God expects us to work diligently as his viable partner to bring that dream to life. The idea of waiting in idleness is sinful. That is why it is said that an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. When Jesus told his disciples to go wait for the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem, they went to the upper room and prayed while waiting. They chose Matthias to replace Judas as an apostle. In other words, they were busy working while waiting patiently for the Holy Ghost to come.

Those who choose to wait on the Lord in idleness are not being patient; they are disobedient. That is why their strength is not renewed, nor their patience rewarded. Instead, they often experience frustration and confusion as they try to figure out why their blessing is delayed.

Christians are patiently waiting for the second coming of Jesus Christ. We are patiently awaiting the trumpet to sound so we can be caught up in the air to be with Jesus. However, while we are waiting, Jesus told us to go throughout the world to preach the gospel. He commanded us to feed the hungry, help the poor and widow, and make disciples. Our patience is more than just waiting. It is about an opportunity to serve our King and Savior. That is why we do not grow weary in well-doing, no matter how long we have to wait.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, help us not grow weary as we wait patiently on the Lord while doing his kingdom work.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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