One of the most beautiful verses in the Bible is Genesis 29:20 which says, “So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed only a few days to him because of the love he had for her.” Is this guy twitterpated or what? I deduce from this, and my own experience confirms, that love makes you crazy. It changes your perspective. When you love someone it’s not work to do sweet things for them, it’s a delight. In the book of Ruth we see Boaz feeding Ruth and he keeps handing her food until she is full and so are her pockets! In the end she is able to feed her mother in law dinner as a result of Boaz’s relentlessness. Maybe Ruth forgot to flip the little sign over at her table like you have to at Brazilian steakhouses.
In that day just about no one in Israel would have been willing to eat with a Moabite like Ruth, much less feed her like a queen. But I bet you that Boaz felt the same way Jacob did, like it was no big deal at all. Wanna know why? It’s because when you love someone it’s not work to do sweet things for them. It’s a thrill, it’s a pleasure. You are just stoked to be around them at all. Love changes everything.
I pray today that right now as you read this, whether you are pumped that it’s Valentines day or can’t wait for this wretched day to end, that you would know that God loves you like Jacob loved Rachel, like Boaz loved Ruth. He loves you! He delights in you! He rejoices over you with singing and dancing! That is why Jesus had joy set as He endured the shame of the cross. What was His joy? You! And that is why He is so excited to do things for you. In Luke 12:32 Jesus said, “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Keep this in mind as you pray and as you participate in God’s plans for you today. God is not reluctant to revive, He is not stingy with His blessings. He loves you so it’s not work for Him to do sweet things for you. Love lightens the load.
This realization will transform the way you approach doing the things God has called you to do too. Your love for God, which will grow in response to your understanding of His love for you, will lighten the load of the things you are doing for Him. The more you love Him the more you will find that serving Him and obeying Him is not a heavy burden but a pleasure, an honor, and the joy and passion of your life. You will be pinching yourself because you can hardly believe that you get to serve Him. His love is too good to be true. But it is true. Happy Valentines day!