Loved By Another Man: Part 3
I have been blogging about the story of Leah and Jacob in the book of Genesis over the past few days. If you missed the last two entries, you may want to go back and read part one and part two, before you read today’s post and spoil the ending.
We began with a woman, Leah, that sees herself as ugly, useless and of no value. And now we find her to be a mother of the lineage of Levites. Her third son may have not connected her with her earthly husband, but he certainly connected her with her Eternal Husband, because it would be the tribe of Levi, also known as the Levites, that would be chosen and set apart by God to carry the Ark of the Covenant. No one else could even touch the Ark or they would die. The Levites were a respected, honored and holy tribe birthed from a woman that believed she had nothing to offer.
From her pain, she birthed a divine legacy.
Then, with her fourth son, she stopped looking for the affection of Jacob, named her baby Judah and said,
“Now I will praise the Lord.” The scripture goes on to say “And she stopped having children.” (vs 35)
Judah means “praise,” and with her praise, we see a different heart from Leah.
Though she doesn’t see it in the moment, the greater picture reveals that from her womb came the lineage of Jesus, the lion of the tribe of Judah.
The Savior came from, Leah, the one who needed Him more, and He comes today to those who need Him most.
We so often want to escape pain or struggle, but it is those of us who truly need Him, who realize that without Him we have nothing but ashes to offer. But when handed over, we find that He does bring beauty from our ashes.
It comes down to this: can we simply trust His goodness? Can we trust He is love? Can we trust that though our circumstances may not look like we envisioned, everything is a thread to a greater picture? Can we be honest and say, I have been putting my hope in something other than You, Father, but today I am changing the way I think and trusting in Your goodness?
We waste so much energy trying in our own strength. Wouldn’t it feel good to just RELEASE and TRUST that He is good?
But how, Rochelle? I want to release, but how do I begin? Might I recommend:
1. REFLECT today on a time where you remember His goodness.He says in Deuteronomy 6, Never forget what I have done, because when we focus on His goodness we have confidence He will do it again.
2. MEDITATE on the TRUTH of His goodness and love. The more you soak in His Truth, the more it becomes apart of your soul. My "marinating" verse right now is Psalm 16 which I have included below. You can borrow mine or spend time today finding your own verse.
3. SHARE your story of His goodness. I believe you can't doubt when you are pouring out. Watch what happens as you speak life into another. It edifies your own Spirit.
So today, make an altar by your bed or in our yard or at the park, and lay the very thing that has taken your hope from Lord, and begin fresh with His truth:
He is sees. He hears. He cares. He is good! His love for you, you can not fathom!!!!
Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
6The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
7I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
8I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithfulb one see decay.
11You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.