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By Rev. David Bast on July 5, 2022
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. (Prov. 13:12)
If you are familiar with the Bible, you probably know Jacob’s story. What happens to him in Genesis 29 is a classic case of the biter bit, the trickster tricked, the con man conned. It’s hard to feel much sympathy for Jacob, considering what he did to his own brother Esau. But neither do we admire Laban’s duplicity in getting a husband for both of his daughters in one slick move, plus 14 years of free service from Jacob—who, despite his character defects, turns out to be a gifted herdsman.
But there’s a beautiful element in this story: “So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her” (v. 20). It’s true that waiting a long time for something we ardently desire can make us heartsick, and eventually we may lose hope. But Jacob’s hope was reinforced every day by the sight of his beloved Rachel, which meant that for him the years flew by with scarcely a notice. And his desire fulfilled was indeed a tree of life, which eventually flowered into all the people of Israel.
As I approach old age I am deeply grateful that so many of my earthly hopes—for marriage, family, friendships, home, career—have been richly fulfilled. I am also increasingly aware that none of these things is forever. I need a hope in something, or Someone, that lasts. Thank God for our “blessed hope” (see Titus 2:13). —David Bast
As you pray, give thanks for Jesus, whose cross is the ultimate “tree of life.”