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)
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