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Building a nation God’s way was not the same as Jacob would have planned.  He would have married Rachel and lived happily ever after, back home with Mom.  But God had another plan.  His plan included providing a group of sons through Leah the unloved wife.  It was difficult, to see Rachel unable to bear children.  But it was great to have healthy sons to fill his family.  As the tribe grew, so did Jacob’s ability to be free and independent.  He only wanted one wife but, now he had four. Truly, none of what happened would have been like Jacob would have done it. 

 In our daily lives, we have a picture of what our dream is.  We work up plans and set timelines of how to make them work.  In the midst of those plans, life happens—we do not get the jobs we expect.  We do not find the spouse when we expect.  Our health fails, our house burns any number of things we do not “Plan” to happen.  Still, if we follow the Lord, we see a wake of amazing things that God has done.  They are rarely things in times and places we would expect.  They are often glorious and beautiful experiences.  They have impacts on folks that would otherwise fall through the cracks and at the end, themselves change the world. God is careful not to tip his hand or make things too apparent—simply because if we knew, we would alter it.  His plea, wait patiently and see the wonderful things that God will do—that is what he did for Leah and that is what he will do for us.

 God Bless You

  When 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,[b] 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.[c]

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.[d]

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.[e] Then she stopped having children.

 

Michael Smith