This part of the story of Jacob’s adventure is not a shining moment. It is clear to all that Leah is trapped as a wife of Jacob. He is not loving her or making her feel wanted. She is alone and devastated. Then God shows up. Four kids later, and we have the Levitical priesthood and the lineage of Messiah.
It seems significant that it is through Leah that the history of the chosen people takes shape. While it is true that Joseph is the Saviour of the people in Egypt, ultimately, we know that Moses, Aaron, David, and Jesus were here because of Leah.
We always think we have the journey figured out. We think we can help God and that we know what is best. Truth is we do not. God could have set Jacob down and said, “Son, this wife Leah will provide you with the greatest gifts you may ever imagine, and Jacob would still favor Rachel. God knew it, and He operated His plan in His way without question or Jacob’s approval.
He is the Master of the universe. When we can finally submit to His lordship, and not question His timing or method, then we can stand firm and see God do great things. God’s power, command of time and space, and unlimited wisdom and knowledge make Him the one to lead, guide and direct. If we will acknowledge that, then we will see Him do mighty works ad benefit from the Lord’s plan. Otherwise, we will simply flounder and struggle trying to help the only one that has it all together! Ridiculous, when you think about it.
God Bless You
31 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.