Within our human relationships we often find conflict, a struggle for acceptance, and some competition for attention. I saw this in my children growing up and sometimes see it in the adult relationships we have with others. In our adult life we often want to be the ‘best friend’. And no matter what our age is, we can question our role and whether or not we fit in.
In Genesis 29 Jacob pledges to work for Laban for seven years in order to marry his daughter Rachel. But on the wedding night, Laban slips in the older daughter Leah instead. Jacob is upset when he awakens the next morning and finds Leah there. Yet he works seven more years in exchange for marrying Rachel. Tension becomes the norm in this dual marriage – no surprise here!
I don’t know if I could do what Jacob did. He gave 14 years of his life to marry Rachel. Talk about love! And within this story we also get a glimpse of what true faithfulness looks like. I wonder if I would be willing to give 14 years for something or someone. Would you? Yet when we think about our pursuit of God, 14 years should just be a beginning of what we offer.
My faith journey is into its fourth decade. My faithfulness is usually pretty good, but I stumble on the path from time to time. My pursuit is pretty dogged in general, but it wanes on occasion. Why continue to work on our faith after we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior? Because I am not there yet. Are you?
Scripture reference: Genesis 29: 15-28