“When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless. 32 Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, “It is because the Lord has seen my misery, Surely my husband will love me now.” Genesis 29:31-32
Recently, I didn’t want to find out I was having a THIRD baby boy. I wanted a baby girl. Maybe, it’s some small and trivial disappointment you’re dealing with. Maybe, it’s a life-altering one. Whatever you’re struggling with. HE sees YOU in your disappointment. Maybe you feel over-looked by God in some area, and that comparison trap has you envious.
In Genesis, Moses records the story of Rachel and Leah. Jacob fell in love with Rachel, he worked seven years for her dad in order to receive her hand in marriage. Then Rachel and Leah’s dad tricks Jacob into marrying Leah before Rachel because she was the firstborn. Yet, Jacob was unhappy, he wanted Rachel. He ends up working longer to receive Rachel as his bride. Yet, the Lord saw Leah in her anguish and unwanted state. He let Leah conceive a son because of her trials.
Have you ever felt like life is unfair? You might have been overlooked for a job. You feel slighted in some way? Something didn’t work out in your favor, and you’re asking God why? Well the Lord sees you in your misery.
Maybe, you feel crushed in spirit today and you’re wondering where God is in your UNSEEN plight. Well, there’s an UNSEEN narrative of Leah and Rachel’s. What isn’t told to you is that Leah ends up bearing Jacob many sons, and one of them is in the lineage of Jesus Christ. God uses the disadvantaged to further his Kingdom, and Leah’s son, Judah is the forefather of the Messiah. When Leah names Judah she names him, “Praise or Thanksgiving,” because she finally receives and realizes that God’s purpose and plan is MUCH more fulfilling than man’s attention/purposes.