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Who Did You Marry?

How would you like to choose a life partner and go through with the wedding and honeymoon night only to find out that you had married the wrong person?! That is exactly what happened to one of our Bible heroes named Jacob. (Genesis 29:9-30) His future father-in-law had switched brides on him and gave him Rachel's older sister Leah who was not near as pretty or desirable. Now that was quite a shock! Jacob was extremely irritated especially since he had worked for 7 years to pay for the right to marry the beautiful Rachel.

How many of us choose a bride or groom for our present and future happiness only to find out after the honeymoon that we really didn't know them as well as we thought? Our situation may not be drastic like Jacob's, but marriage is more often a shock than a joy. It's kind of like jumping into a cold lake for a swim. Hahahaha!

But what really makes me sad is how many couples never put out the effort required to truly get to know the person they married. Jacob worked 7 years for the first marriage, and then he worked another 7 years for the second marriage and worked a final 7 years (21 in all) to seal the deal. Maybe we could make Jacob's story into a modern day analogy. Could it be the two sisters he married were actually the same person? The first one was who he thought he was marrying, and the second one was who he actually did marry?

Jacob had to live with these two wives for the rest of his life. Jacob favored his beautiful wife Rachel over Leah. God saw this and put His divine favor on Leah. Rachel became barren for a long time, but the less desirable Leah gave Jacob many children. In the end Rachel died and was buried on the side of a road, but Leah was buried with Jacob in his family sepulcher.

So often we're like Jacob. We chase after that beautiful image that we fell in love with way back when; this image of an ideal mate with all of the perfect qualities that would bring us ultimate satisfaction and happiness. But in the end, it is the less endearing qualities of our mate that seemed so undesirable at first that bring us the satisfaction we were truly looking for. Take the time to get to know and appreciate the "alter ego" of your mate. It may be the missing puzzle piece in the happiness of your marriage.

Pastor Robert Morse

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