When Jacob had worked seven years for Rachel, and they seemed like a few days because he loved her.—Genesis 29:20First let me apologize for being absent the last two weeks. We have received many emails from those who missed getting their e-sight last week. I am so sorry. I am in Loma Linda as I write this, about to speak. I have also just finished a week in northern California where I was privileged to watch God do what He does best with the students at Rio Lindo Academy. I’ll fill you in on all the miraculous details in next month’s newsletter.
This week, I would like you to muse over the above words considering Jacob and his love for Rachel. Time became “relative” for Jacob. Years seemed like days! Why? Because “he loved her.”
This brings Peter’s words to mind, “Here is something, dear friends, which you must not forget: in the Lord’s sight one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day. It is not that the Lord is slow in keeping His promise, as some suppose, but that He is patient with you. It is not His will that any should be lost, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:8, 9)
Did you catch that? God is not slow about fulfilling the promise of return, yet He is dragging His feet! Why? Because He, in His inmost heart, is not “willing” for any to perish. He cannot bring Himself to return yet. His heart will not permit Him. Yet, though He must wait, the years seem as only days to Him. Why? “. . . because He loves her.” He loves YOU! He is preparing a place for YOU. (John 14:2,3) It takes time. This will be a place where there will no longer be any more “mourning and crying and pain, for the old order has passed away!” (Revelation 21:4) No matter how long it takes, He cares so much for YOU that every sacrifice is a delight, every gift a pleasure. Though it may take thousands of years, and it has, these seem as only days to Him.
Stop and listen. He loves you! Do you realize that, dear reader? Do you know what that means? Ponder it well, for those three simple words are the most disbelieved words in the English language. But He does! He is especially fond of you. He doesn’t care how long it takes. He will be patient. For you, He has risked all. You are the apple of His eye, and He will do whatever it takes to restore and save you into His perfect love.
Do you want that, dear friend? I do. I don’t want to be one who makes Him wait any longer. If that is your hope as well, tell Him about that. Give Him your all, right now. Hold nothing back. You are already in His heart, won’t you let Him be in yours? Be one who will not only “look” for His return, but “hasten” it! (2 Peter 3:12)
I wish you God’s best this week.