When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless. (Genesis 29:31)
There are moments in time when God feels conspicuously absent, aren’t there? In Leah’s case, she was forced into marriage in the place of her sister – the desire of her husband Jacob’s heart. Her father, Laban, essentially used her as a bargaining tool to manipulate Jacob into another 7 years of work. Can you imagine the self-esteem issues the poor young woman had as a result?
And yet God was not oblivious to the situation or to her hurt. As a result, He chose to bless her with children – a true joy. Until one has experienced parenthood, it’s hard to understand what an immense blessing this is.
God lavished blessing upon Leah just as He desires to lavish blessing upon us.
Don’t give into the devil’s whispers that God is distant and unconcerned with your situation. He’s not. He molding and shaping you, and He’s waiting for the appropriate time to bless you as He has done for so many others.
Father, help me to remember that You love to bless Your children. When times are difficult and I feel alone, help me to continue trusting You. And when Your blessing comes, please help me to enjoy it in its fullness.