Genesis 29:14-20: A many splendoured thing.

“14 Then Laban said to him, “You are my own flesh and blood.”After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month, 15 Laban said to him, “Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be.” 16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful. 18 Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.” 19 Laban said, “It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.” NIV UK

Here is a delightful description of Jacob’s feelings for Rachel (20). Anyone who has been in in love (or who is in love) will recognise the truth encapsulated in such a few words. The marriage between Jacob and Rachel is one of the few truly romantic marriages in the Bible. God’s gift of love between a man and woman is precious, and is something to be deeply thankful for. What a privilege to feel such things. No-one has a right to, but if we are given the opportunity to love like this, we ought to be so grateful.

Of course, these words are true of love in general, not just physical love. Love makes hard things easy. If we love God, we will endure many difficulties if we have to. Such love is heaven already begun in the human heart. It is a foretaste of glory.