First, I have to than my dear friend Lauren for introducing me to the She Reads Truth Devotional Series. I downloaded the YouVersion bible app and my daily devotional is delivered there right to my phone/iPad. It includes both scripture and a reflection about the scriptures read for today. The app also works like the Kindle App where you can add notes & highlights in different colors. Today’s scripture was Genesis 29:14 – 35 and Genesis 30:16-21.
It was the story of two sisters, Leah & Rachel and a man named Jacob. After reading the story my initial thoughts were, wow, women have been having babies to try to get the love of a man for a long time. Verse 32 says, “Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, ‘It is because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.” Jacob however, had always desired Rachel who was described as more physically beautiful. But then I get to the devotional. My #SheReadsTruth sisters say “Leah may not have been ‘lovely in form,’ but she was exactly what God was looking for through whom to establish the house of David and the lineage of Christ.”
In our world of rampant materialism and hypersexuality, it can be easy to get caught up in the wrong things. How beautiful your face is, and what type of shoes you have on your feet really don’t matter in the end and it has little bearing on God’s will for your life. I used to be really insecure about my nose… like really insecure. Now, I affectionally call it my Olmec Nose:
I’m trying to spend less time obsessing over things that are out of my control, and focusing on things that I can control like my attitude, my reputation and my reactions. I’ve been blessed with many things I desire – a good husband & a healthy marriage, a home, a career and countless other things. Praising God for those things opens up the floodgates for more blessings. Complaining about that which we don’t have floods our hearts and our minds with the evil sewage of feeling inadequate, lethargic, depressed and negative. In stead of being useful to the kingdom, we are useless during those times. Leah was so caught up in worrying about Jacob, that she didn’t see that she was the one God chose to establish the house of David & the lineage of Christ. What are we NOT seeing that God is protecting us from or preparing us for?
How gracefully do we accept those things that aren’t meant for us? How gentle are we? How much do we love IN SPITE of hurt or disappointment… How good are we accepting that we may not get what we want, but God will always give us exactly what we need?