She (Leah) conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” So she named him Judah.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Leah’s situation sucked. Let’s face it, when you grow up as a little girl, in no matter what culture you are in, growing up not being loved, sucks. Her, father first had to trick a man to get her married, then she was in a marriage where here husband did not love her. To make it worse, her husband loved her sister. No matter how many children she had, no one loved her. Her sister, Rachel, began to despise her because she could bear children, while Rachel could not. There was no end in sight. The more your read the Bible you would think you were watching some messed up reality show you see now days. Leah was in a crappy situation where she didn’t even ask for it. But as you read it you slowly see how she turned to the only one who could give her hope. As each son was born, she let go of the fact that her husband would love her and embraced the only one who did, God. By the time Judah was born, she began to praise the Lord. She began to recognize that the Lord is the one who loves her. But it is hard and it is difficult to do in her situation. She is not exactly getting what anyone wants in their life. However, Leah’s situation can speak to all of us. No one would want to be in a rock and a hard place. But sometimes we do end up there. Some by our own doing, and times our cross of hard times come on it’s own. But there is a lot we can learn about from Leah’s situation. We can learn that we must keep God in focus no matter what. For Leah it took three kids before she realized it was futile to gain her husband’s love. Yet, she learned to just embrace the only one who could truly love her. Leah’s treasure finally became God.
Crushing dreams is not a good thing. In this day and age, the advice would probably be that Leah should just leave him and move off. Unlike today however, the culture mandated that would not happen. However, no matter the situation we can all learn is to point our providence to God. Make our hopes and dreams rest solely upon Him. Point our love, our focus, and our adoration to Him. He many not bail us out of the situation, but He is in control and we have to trust in that. Then He will provide and He will answer all the questions in his time. Our focus should not be on me. It will make me bitter, angry and aggravated if I concentrate on the situation. The focus should be making God my treasure, and my heart will follow.
Lord help me focus in upon You when times suck. Thank you Lord for this timely advice.