GOD EXALTS THE ONE OTHERS DESPISE
When the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. Genesis 29:31
How Leah suffered when she was given to Jacob in marriage! She was allowed no vote in the decision. She was simply a pawn in her father’s greedy scheme. Yes, she got to become the wife to the husband her sister loved. That might seem like a victory but was it really? Think of the week of wedding feasts and festivities where everyone celebrated her marriage. Her husband was in mourning because he woke up to find her as his wife. To add to the agony, she will have to endure another week of wedding festivities when Jacob finally marries Rachel and truly rejoices. There will be no way to block out the sounds of this future celebration.
“This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.” Acts 4:11 God sees the ones others despise and he exalts them. The verse for today says that God ‘saw’ that Leah was hated. The word for ‘saw’ is the same word Scripture often uses before God intervenes for the oppressed. He ‘saw’ His people just before He liberated them from slavery. And how God blessed her. She gave birth to sons who would become the twelve tribes of Israel. And the most notable was Judah – whose greatest Son was Jesus Himself.
Are you the least of your siblings? The least in the lineup of in-laws? The least remembered in your family’s inheritance? Is there anyone who truly celebrates you? Or, do you feel tolerated, perhaps even invisible? Life can seem long and bitterness is always nipping at your heels. The idea that there could be joy is laughable ~ yet is that not the same ‘laugh’ that erupted out of Sarah after a lifetime of barrenness? God saw her, remembered her, and this divine affection made her heart burst for joy.
God is the God of the underdog. If every Leah can live – learning to look up for her affection and blessing – she can know a joy that surpasses anything that people of this earth offer.
For every one who needs to know they are beautiful to You, show them today, Lord.
Journal Question: How does Leah’s story speak to your own story? Have you laid aside bitterness in exchange for the anticipation of God’s blessing? Will you open your heart to entertain the possibility that favor and joy can be yours?