Poor Leah! Used as a pawn in her father’s deception. Caught up in a complicated situation with her sister. Married to a man who didn’t love her.
But God saw Leah’s situation and had compassion on her. He opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. Leah’s first son she called Reuben because, “The Lord has surely looked on my affliction. Now therefore, my husband will love me.”
She bore another son and called him Simeon and said, “Because the Lord has heard that I am unloved, He has therefore given me this son also.”
She bore a third son, calling him Levi, saying, “Now this time my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.”
She called her fourth son Judah and said, “Now I will praise the Lord.”
Then she stopped bearing children.
Leah thought she could win her husband’s love by providing him sons, but it didn’t work. We see in the naming of her sons and in her reactions to them her spiritual progression.
Leah thought God sent her Rueben to help her find love from her husband. She acknowledged God giving her Simeon because she thought God was trying to make up for her husband not loving her. With Levi, her third son, she hoped Jacob might at least form an attachment to her, even if he didn’t love her. Finally, with Judah, Leah chose to praise the Lord, turning to him for love instead of her husband.
It may be that you’re in a situation not of your choosing. You may be in a loveless situation, seeking love wherever you can find it. Please know, that God is watching out for you and loves you. Keep your eyes on him and you will find the love you’re seeking.
Leah finds love in Scripture: Genesis 29:31-35
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