This Bible account is an amazing picture of God’s Love for us and our discovery of that. Leah simply wanted to be loved. She was a faithful and fruitful wife. As God saw her pain, he allowed her to produce sons. Each son was clearly a gift. The response by Leah, however is the most gripping part. For her first three sons her response was “Now my husband has got to love me.” But, as if by prophecy—the birth of Judah elicited a different response. She said at his birth, This time I will praise the Lord—How appropriate, the lineage of our savior—was when Leah submitted to God and realized his Love was sufficient.
We pray for so many things, and as God supplies those needs, we thank him, but look for the earthly returns his provision brings. Then at some point, we finally surrender and accept that God Loves us and that is enough. Then as he provides, we are grateful and still focused on his love and not on the provision. Finally, we can walk by faith with the ultimate goal of being like him. He will provide, he will attend—but we choose each day whether we seek him or his provision. Help me, Lord to seek you and not your provision.
God Bless You
The LORD saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless. 32 Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, “It is because the LORD has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.” 33 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Because the LORD heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too.” So she named him Simeon. 34 Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” So he was named Levi. 35 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “This time I will praise the LORD.” So she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children.