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Today, we will be reading Genesis 29:16-35. Make sure to read the Scriptures, so you will understand the all we will be talking about today. We will focus specifically on Genesis 29:35. “And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, ‘This time I will praise the Lord.’ Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she ceased bearing.”
What It Says About the Desires of Your Heart:
We learned, last week, Rebekah’s son, Jacob, ran away from his family because he was afraid his brother, Esau, might kill him for stealing his blessing from their father. Jacob ended up at his uncle Laban’s house and fell in love with his daughter, Rachel. Leah is Rachel’s older sister, and, therefore, should have married before her younger sister, according to custom. However, Jacob loved Rachel and wanted to marry her. He and Laban worked out a deal, so Jacob could marry Rachel. However, on the day of the wedding, Laban tricked Jacob and gave him Leah to marry instead of Rachel. Jacob the deceiver (as we learned last week) has now been deceived. Jacob eventually marries Rachel also after working out another arrangement with Laban. Now, Jacob has sister wives, and their lives are constantly filled with jealously and competition.
Leah was now married, but she entered a loveless marriage. Even when she had Jacob all to herself, he was longing to be married to her sister. However, Leah loved her husband and craved his affection.
Leah’s story is heartbreaking, but her story does not end here. Our God is too great for her story to end here. No, God knew of her desires for her husband, and even when Jacob would not provide her with the love she needed, God would. God provided the desires of her heart through children. Even though Leah provided Jacob with her firstborn, he still doesn’t look at her with the loving countenance he does with Rachel.
When Leah felt unloved by her husband not once, twice or even three times, but with the fourth child, she states, “This time I will praise the Lord.” She still knows she is not the desire of her husband’s heart. However, she decides she will praise the Lord, the One who gave her the desires of her heart.
Together Leah and Rachel (and their maidservants-have we not learned our lesson yet, ladies?) build a lasting legacy through their 12 children, who became the 12 tribes of Israel. It is through these ladies the covenant between God and Abraham is continued. Even though Leah felt unwanted and insignificant, God provided in her time of need, and she became a mother to the nation of Israel.
Leah remained faithful, even during the tough times. So no matter what situation you are in right now, remain faithful to God, and He will provide for you, even in times of great sorrow. Even in heartache, we can praise the Lord.
God, thank You for loving me even when I feel unlovable. Thank You for providing for the desires of my heart. Help me to look to You alone because I know others will fail me, but You will always remain faithful. God, I love You. In Jesus’s Name. Amen.
In what area of your life do you need to trust God to provide the desires of your heart instead of looking to something else to do so?