This post is apart of my 31 days of writing challenge where I am zooming in on the life of Leah. How she was unloved & hated, but God saw her. How she was jealous & fearful, but God honored her. We can learn a lot from Leah, so won’t you join me? To stay updated, please follow my facebook page here. To read the biblical account of Leah’s life, see Genesis 29 & on.
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Do you have that woman in your life that seems to have everything you want?
Do you watch her Instagram feed and envy every post?
Do you long to someday be admired like she is?
have the clothes she does?
live the lifestyle she lives?
Jealous is a sin. Though I think we guilt ourselves for becoming jealous, when the thing we originally longed for wasn’t. Hear me, your original desire (to feel pretty, to have nice things, to be loved, etc) is not inherently a bad thing. The sin comes when you take something good and place it higher than your identity in Christ, thereby making it an idol.
You may have spotted those boots in the store long before your friend bought them, but as soon as she did, you had to have them . . . and your idol became the boots, as well as the opinion of your friend.
You may have longed for affection from that boy long before he dated that girl, but as soon as he did, you became angry . . . and your idol became the status of being “in a relationship.”
You may have wanted your husband to treat you to a certain something for your anniversary, but he didn’t . . . and your idol became yourself.
You may have decided to travel next summer, but someone else one-upped you with a romantic getaway . . . and your idol become money.
As far as the bible states, Leah never wanted to be “beautiful” (which is why I am still curious over what “weak eyes” means) and she never equated her beauty with her worth. Instead, she equated the love Jacob had for her with her worth, and therefore became envious over the attention Rachel received and eventually made Rachel her object of jealousy. Even though Leah’s initial desire to be loved was not wrong, she allowed sin to enter when she found someone who had what she wanted . . . and she hated her for it.
How often do you envy things you don’t have or people you aren’t? I know I am jealous far too often, in the past to the point of becoming consumed.
How many relationships are destroyed by envy!
Leah battled the battle of jealousy and comparison and need for position for her whole life. Further more, Leah passed this habit down to her children, who were insecure, foolish, and so jealous that they sold their brother into slavery because he was favored.
Imagine Leah’s heartbreak when she realized what the rivalry between Rachel had caused her sons.
What we do and believe, our kids are more likely to do and believe.
Won’t you stop the cycle?
Watch, everyday, for 31 days in the month of October, as we get into the story of Leah and walk with her as her feet trod aside a God who saw her.
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