What practical key life learnings can we glean from the life of Rachel?
Context (Genesis 29:6-35:20): Rachel became the wife of Jacob after he worked for her father for 14 years. Jacob loved Rachel so much that even after working 7 years for her hand and then being tricked and receiving her older sister in marriage, he worked another 7 years for Rachel. She loved her husband and wanted to provide a son for him so bad that she gave her maid to him to have children for her. She didn’t understand that Jacob’s love for her was unconditional and it didn’t matter if she bore him sons or not. Eventually God gave Rachel two sons of her own.
Key Life Learnings:
- You can’t earn God’s love (Genesis 30:1-8). Rachel thought she needed a son for Jacob to love her. When she finally had two sons through her maid, Bilhah, she was happy for the moment, but it didn’t last. Working for love doesn’t work and doesn’t satisfy. It is the same with God’s love. He loves us unconditionally and we don’t earn it. We serve Him out of love, not to get love.
- God blesses in his own timing, we can’t force it (Genesis 30:22-24). After all this time working for children, God remembers Rachel and gives her two sons, Joseph and Benjamin. God chose to bless in His timing and Rachel rejoiced. So we too cannot force God to bless us, but we can rejoice in all the blessings that God provides to us and trust His timing.
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