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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Leah was married to a good man. He was a sinner and struggled with many sins, but he was a redeemed man in the eyes of God.
Jacob was a trickster. He fooled his brother, Esau, into giving up both his birthright (Genesis 25:29-34) and his blessing (Genesis 27), pretty much placing himself as firstborn, entitled to everything their father owned. He again fooled Laban into giving over most of his livestock using some odd wool changing tricks. (Genesis 30:25-43)
Jacob was a coward. He fled from his angry brother, instead of confronting him and apologizing. (Genesis 27:41-45) When he finally saw his brother for the first time, he was manipulative and shrewd in how he presented his wealth and fortune. (Genesis 32)
Jacob was stubborn. Even in his birth, he was stubbornly wrestled his twin brother Esau and he had ahold of his heel when they were birthed (Genesis 25). When his wife, Rachel, lamented why she didn’t have children, Jacob snapped back and her, insisting it was her fault with God. (Genesis 30:1-2) When Jesus appeared to him in the night, he lasted all night, thereby earning his name Israel, meaning, “one who prevails with God.” (Genesis 32:22-32)
Jacob had a lot of faults and weaknesses, but God chose him for God’s purposes.
I don’t want us to miss this gem in the life of Leah. She had a prideful, angry, selfish husband, who often seemed to care more for himself than his family. Leah was still called to love him and submit to him.
We all have difficult issues going on and could probably form a pretty good argument about how we are justified in behaving certain ways. But we are also called to love and to submit to one another.
Jesus himself submitted to completely ridiculous claims when He hung on the cross.
As followers of such a Savior, we are called to sacrifice much in the wake of the sinful men and women we submit to. And we, in turn leave a sinful wake behind us as well. No one is perfect and no one will fulfill what we long for, except Jesus.
Jesus came because this sinful wake could not be stopped without a really big splash. All it took was our mighty God, dipping His toe into our world, to change the course of the entire river.
So, maybe it’s time to rethink your view of your spouse. Do you believe that God is calling him to greatness? Do you pray often that God’s spirit would be found in her? Or are you so blinded by the faults of your spouse, that you fail to see God’s hand in their life at all?
Leah can teach us a lot. Like how to love a spouse, even when they don’t reciprocate. And how to submit to a spouse who has weaknesses. And how to trust that God has mighty plans for our spouses regardless.
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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