Praising God and Resting in His Love

A thought inspired by the sermon by a Pastor in Surabaya.

Jacob had 2 wives: Leah and Rachel.
He loved Rachel but not Leah.
Can we imagine Leah’s cries as she was not loved?
Initially she hoped to win his affection through giving birth to sons.
Indeed, the LORD Himself opened her womb (Genesis 29:31).

First, she gave birth to Reuben which means “The LORD has noticed my misery, and now my husband will love me.”

Well, for patriarch, who was not happy to have a son? 
Yet, despite all his happiness, Jacob could not bring himself to love the mother, Leah.

Second, she gave birth to another son, Simeon, which means “The LORD heard that I was unloved and has given me another son.”
You bet, Jacob was overjoyed. Still, he could not love her.

Third, she gave birth to  Levi which means, “Surely this time mu husband will feel affection for me, since I have given him three sons.”
And did Jacob give any affection to Leah? Still not at all.
Imagine Leah’s feeling. Her hope still did not come to pass year by year. Can you hear her cries?

Fourth, she gave birth to Judah which means, “Now I will praise the LORD!”
She realized something. True, she could not win Jacob’s love.
In the midst of her shattered dream, she chose to praise the LORD.
She must have realized that even if she did not receive any love from him, she could rest in God’s love.

What about us? When our world comes crashing down, what do we do?
Can we follow Leah’s example by choosing to praise the LORD?
Can we follow Habakkuk’s example of rejoicing in the LORD?
Can we rest in His love even if the people around us do not love us?

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Posted February 17, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Bible Study, Thought

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