What Lessons Can We Learn From Leah?
We all know a few Rachel’s – drop-dead gorgeous women who turn heads everywhere they go – yet “most of us are just plain Leah’s,” at least by the world’s standards. When we glance at such women, they appear flawless. But when we gaze in our mirrors, flaws are all we see.
Just as we need a new view of Leah, we need a fresh outlook on ourselves, one that’s closer to how God sees us. You can be sure He finds you beautiful, dear sister, since you were created in His image and for his pleasure.
“Man does not see what the LORD sees, for man sees what is visible, but the LORD sees the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
In God We Trust. In Laban We Don’t
The Lord agreed to provide everything Jacob needed:
- Safe travel,
- Shelter, and
- His guiding presence.
But when Jacob arrived in Haran, he turned to his uncle for provision rather then to God. Jacob also trusted Laban to give him the wife he wanted instead of seeking the Lord’s will for a bride. In the same way, rather than trusting her father, Leah should have trusted in the God of Abraham to find her a husband in an honorable way.
When the Labans in our lives try to lead us astray, let’s be wise to their dubious ways and put our faith in the One who deserves our trust.
Trust in Him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts before Him.
God is our refuge. Psalms 62:8
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
We didn’t hear a single syllable from Leah in this chapter; her behavior alone told her tale as she crept “stealthily and silently towards a dark goal.” Had Leah refused to wear Rachel’s bridal veil, she would have ended her father’s wicked plan before it began. Had Leah fled from Jacob’s tent rather than climbed into his bed, she would have spared them both a lifetime of heartache.
Even if we’re caught in a situation where we cannot speak up, we can act in a manner worthy of our calling as women of God, knowing people see what we do far more clearly than they hear what we say.
For it is God’s will that you silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. 1 Peter 2:15
God’s Light Penetrates The Darkness
Laban delivered Leah to Jacob’s unlit tent under the cover of night, hiding her identity beneath the veil of fabric. Father and daughter both knew the truth… and so did God. Loving Jacob as he did, God might have revealed the trick right then; instead God allowed the light of day to expose the truth. Even in permitting this disappointment, God still showed his love for Jacob, a man who needed to learn to put God’s desires above his own. We’ll soon see how God demonstrated his love to Leah, a woman meant to carry on his covenant no matter how miserly her father, no matter how misguided her own desires. Even in the dark, God’s light shines.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me,
and the light around me will be night”—
even the darkness is not dark to You.
The night shines like the day;
darkness and light are alike to You. Psalms 139:11-12
|Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible: Flawed Women Loved by a Flawless God
By Liz Curtis Higgs / WaterBrook Press
Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible is the latest of Liz Curtis Higgs’ “girlfriend theology” Bible study. Combining contemporary fiction with a verse-by-verse commentary, she explores the “slightly bad” lives of a few Old Testament women. Far from evil, yet slightly bad, these women from the book of Genesis stubbed their toes along the rocky path of righteousness. Sound familiar? These ancient sisters aren’t a whole lot different from us. Laced with humor and built on solid research, this book will bring you to the realization that God loves you just the way you are. Flaws and all! Each chapter concludes with a series of questions for personal reflection.