It’s the end of Week One in the Read the Bible in 90 Days Challenge! I made it without falling behind! This week I read the complete books of Genesis and Exodus.
Each week, I am going to just blog about whatever stood out to me in particular in the previous week’s readings or what the Lord lays on my heart. This week two particular things really just resonated with me.
The strength and faith of Leah. I’ve read the story of Jacob many, many times. I’ve taught it to my children, but for some reason during this reading, Leah’s story really struck me at the heart. Leah was a woman who was married off to Jacob through deceit because she was the eldest sister and in her culture the eldest should be married first. She begins her marriage, which is a sacred union, with a husband who is angry at being deceived and does NOT want to be married to her, but to her sister! How hard must that have been? However, Leah fulfills her wifely duties, and tries to earn her husband’s love and affection. After seven years, she must deal with not only her sister also marrying her husband, but watching him dote on her. She bears him three sons and with each one, prays that each birth will bring her husband’s love to her.
“And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.”
Leah was hated. I cannot for a moment imagine being married to my husband, watching him fawn over my sister and then being hated by him no matter how I tried to earn his favor! Leah never turned away from God through all of this, she turned TO Him. Her relationship with the Lord grew so much that she began to lean on Him rather than worry over what was going on between she and Jacob. After the birth of her fourth son, instead of hoping that it will bring her husband to her, she praises the Lord!
“And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.”
Leah does not suddenly stop struggling in her desire for her husband’s affections, however, and when she becomes barren, she gives her handmaid to him. Two sons are born of this union. Despite this, God still sees Leah’s trust in Him, and reopens her womb giving her two more sons and a daughter!
Oh to have the faith of this woman! She endured so much, but loved the Lord greatly. Can we, wives and mothers of today, not learn a valuable lesson from her? Faith in the Lord should be utmost in our lives, even over our desire for husbands, home, and family. He alone can give us the love that we need to fulfill our deepest longings.
On the other side of the coin, is the nation of Israel. Freed from slavery and oppression, heading towards that glorious Promised Land. They have witnessed MANY great and wondrous miracles and signs at the hand of God and have been released from the bondage that they cried out against. God answered their prayers in a great and mighty way that showed, undeniably, the power and awe of the Lord.
At first, you think, “How can these people complain so much when they just witnessed all of these wonders of the Lord?”
“How can they lack faith that God will provide for them when they watched Him part a SEA to save them?”
But, honestly, aren’t we all this way? How often do we, as Christians who know that the Bible promises that God will care for our needs, worry and fret over life’s troubles? How many times to we pray to God, but still continue to try to solve a problem with our own methods rather than waiting for God to work in our lives?
Faith. You can go from one end of the spectrum to the other, but in the end it all comes down to faith and how strong it is in your heart.
I’m really enjoying this journey. I can’t wait to come back and share what has touched me over this next week! If you would like to join in on this challenge, please visit Mom’s Toolbox here.