When our loving God looks upon us and see’s our heart, He enables us to “conceive” and birth’s through us what He has for us to do.MY FAITH EXPRESSIONS
Please click here to read “Time of Refinement” if you are interested in some background on the story of Jacob and Laban. We pick up today looking a little closer at Leah, the unchosen bride of Jacob, who I believe had some hurts and disappointments.
Let’s continue with the story of Jacob.
Once Jacob worked the initial seven years for Laban, he married who he thought was Rachel. However, it ended up being her older sister Leah.
Genesis 29:17 (NLT) says,
There was no sparkle in Leah’s eyes, but Rachel had a beautiful figure and a lovely face.
So, Leah was not Jacob’s first choice.
There may be times in our lives where we are overlooked for a number of different reasons. We are left feeling like we are not good enough; not worthy of even the blessings that God desires to bring into our lives. We sometimes miss God-given, divine opportunities because we believe we are not enough. God does not want us to feel this way. We are chosen by Him and He loves us as He created us to be. We must align our lives with His image and use that as our guide to become more like Him. Others will see the beauty of the Lord sparkling from our eyes and they will not see our shortcomings but will see the God in us. This is what Ms. Leah needed.
We know from continuing our reading in Genesis the 29th chapter that once Jacob realized that he had married the wrong sister, he agreed to work another seven years for Laban in order to have Rachel as his wife, the one he really loved.
Genesis 29:31 (NLT) goes on to say,
When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, he enabled her to have children, but Rachel could not conceive.
Like Leah who felt unloved and possibly broken, hurting from not being someone’s first choice, we, too, have had moments of feeling this way. I know that I have. It’s not a very nice feeling when someone overlooks you and belittles you and chooses everyone else but you when you are just as qualified as someone else. But God!
Just like in Leah’s situation, when our loving God looks upon us and see’s our heart, He enables us to “conceive” and birth’s through us what He has for us to do.
God chose us from the beginning and made us His very own. He sees beyond our faults. He sees the good that is inside of us, even when He has to clean some things up. There is something about us that is worth saving. He recognizes that place of goodness that is inside of us because He made you and me in His image and He placed those good parts there. So although the light inside of us may be dimmed because of the chaos of this world and our various choices along the way, we yet fit into His greater purpose. When we are hurting, He will be our healing agent who wipes away all of the pain. He can enable us to carry forth His will and His plan, as He determines for us.
A literary definition of conceive is to become affected by (a feeling). God can place a desire in our hearts to where we become so affected by Christ and what He has done for us that we will conceive a passion for the things of God. This could mean giving birth to some type of ministry, big or small, right within our homes by ministering to our loved ones or on a broader level, but something, anything that glorifies God. This will allow others to see that God can and will use anyone to produce in them what He wills for His kingdom and greater purpose.
In spite of our shortcomings and moments of weakness, we are more than enough and God can use us.
God has a heart for the unloved, for the one who is cast down in their soul. He is a God of mercy and grace. He is the healer of our soul.
Psalms 42:5 (NLT) says,
Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—
When we are hurting or feeling discouraged, let us look to God and put our hope in Him. He will bring forth greatness in us if we will allow Him to use us just as we are. He will change our lives and we will find ourselves praising Him again.
Praise God right where you are and watch God move.
“You Are More
Don’t Look Back
Finish the Process”
Romans 10:17 (NLT)
So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.
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