God Sees Our Struggles

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Oftentimes, when we think of Abraham’s grandson, Jacob, we think of his wife, Rachel. Not his first wife, Leah.

When reading their story in Genesis 29 and 30 it would be difficult not to feel sorry, even if only a little bit, for Leah. The unloved wife. It wasn’t her fault the way things turned out.

Jacob didn’t keep it a secret his true love was Leah’s sister. Rachel didn’t keep it a secret the only reason her husband married Leah was because he was duped by their father, Laban.

Leah knew where she stood. She wasn’t stupid.

When she conceived and gave birth to her first child, Reuben, she said, “It is because the LORD has seen my misery.”

When she gave birth to her second son, she said, “Because the LORD has heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too.”

And so it continued.

In our lives there may be people who don’t hide the fact they love one sibling over the other. One parent over the other. One child over the other. One best friend over the other …

It may even be that we’re our own worst enemy.

We doubt we are loved.

We doubt we are worthy.

We doubt we are capable.

But that’s not how God sees us.

God knows us better than anyone else ever could and he loves us even still.

So we need to quit beating ourselves up and hold to the truth. We are God’s beloved.

God sees our situation and he cares for us just as he saw Leah’s situation and cared for her. Despite how others treat us, God is able to bless us beyond measure.

Others do not define us. God does.

We remember Rachel gave birth to two sons; Joseph and Benjamin. But her sons were not in Jesus’ lineage.


The Messiah came from the tribe of Leah’s fourth son, Judah.

God truly did bless Leah, wouldn’t you say?

When you think of the story of Jacob, Rachel and Leah, what jumps out at you? Have you ever felt sad for the unloved wife?

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So Jacob slept with Rachel, too, and he loved her much more than Leah. He then stayed and worked for Laban the additional seven years. When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, he enabled her to have children, but Rachel could not conceive. Genesis 29:30-31 (NLT)

I wish you well.


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Insignificant? Not in God’s Eyes


After studying the life of King David recently, one thing that continues to rattle around in my brain, is the fact when the prophet Samuel went to Jesse, David’s father, and asked to see all of Jesse’s sons, Jesse did not send for his youngest. David. He left him out in the field tending sheep.

Did Jesse forget about David? Did he think whatever Samuel wanted with the sons of Jesse, David surely could not be a part of? Did Jesse feel David was insignificant? Not worthy? An afterthought?

It really does not matter what Jesse may have thought. What does matter is what God thought. And God knew David was to be God’s anointed King of Israel. God’s own chosen one. From David’s line would come the true King of kings and LORD of lords. Jesus.


Insignificant? Hardly.

Maybe, like David, people have left us in the desert. We weren’t chosen for that desired position. We weren’t asked out by that special someone. We didn’t make the team, didn’t score an invite to the event, didn’t feel wanted or loved.

We tried. Hard. But we never seemed to measure up to others’ expectations. We never seemed to make the grade. We were considered insignificant.

It hurts. I know.


Just as God choose David, even when it seemed Jesse had forgotten his youngest child, God chooses us. God loves us. He has good things planned for us. He doesn’t leave us out in the field, or treat us as our sins deserve.

God’s love is not conditional. It is not a what’s in it for me kind of love. God’s love is not works-based. Thank, you.

When we feel as if everyone is against us, and feel insignificant, we need to remember the opinion which really matters. God’s.

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But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. I Peter 2:9-10

I wish you well.


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