Leah replied, “Was it not enough for you to take away my husband, that you must now take my son’s mandrakes too?” (Genesis 30:15)
- Genesis 30:14-20
Even though Leah has begun to see the futility of her actions, she continues to compete with Rachel for Jacob’s love. However, Leah has learned God’s lessons long before Rachel and He rewards her with many children who do not care about her looks. She finally received the love she sought from Jacob in God and her children.
Questions to Ponder:
- Like Leah, have I learned to seek my comfort in God or do I still look to the world and receive only empty satisfaction?
- Do I mourn for what I cannot have or use what I do have to please God?
Leah participated in tricking Jacob into marrying her only to realize she could never get from him the one thing she desired, his love. She slowly learned if she turned to God, she could find the love she wanted from Jacob. She also learned God did not care how she looked or how many children she bore. She did not have to resort to tricks, she just had to believe and turn to God.
Dear Jesus, show me how to use my gifts for the greater glory of God and ignore prejudices that take me away from your loving arms. Amen
All for the Glory of God,
Excerpted from Women of the Bible: A Study by Christina Weigand