Rachel Versus Leah Faith
"Since Jacob was in love with Rachel, he told her father, 'I'll work for you for seven years if you'll give me Rachel, your younger daughter, as my wife.'" -Genesis 29:18
Do you have a dream? You might be at a stage in your life where you want to do something great with your life, but not sure what. Or, you may know exactly what you want but no idea how to get there. There may be a few of you that know exactly what you want, and are taking the steps to get there. You may have already accomplished some of the dreams and goals God has put in your heart.
Whatever the case may be, you have probably encountered "Leah" faith at some time in your life. Leah was the eldest daughter of Laban. Jacob saw Leah's sister Rachel and fell in love with her immediately. But he was tricked by Laban into marrying Leah. The Bible says Leah had "weak eyes" while Rachel was beautiful. Fourteen total years had to pass before Jacob could get what he really wanted, Rachel.
Isn't that sometimes the case with us? Leah represents the things that we don't want to do, in order to get to the things that we really want to do in life. We don't want to put up with Leah, but sometimes we have to. But Jacob knew what he wanted. He wanted Rachel. In his eyes, Rachel was worth 14 years of labor and 7 years of putting up with what he really didn't want, in order to get his bride, the one he loved and really wanted.
Do you have faith enough to make it to your "Rachel" dream? I pray each of us have the strength not to settle for "Leah" so that God can give us the beautiful, passion-filled dreams in our lives.