There was so much wealth in Luke 12. Wow. The parable of the rich man, Jesus speaking “do not worry”, wisdom on riches and giving to the poor. However, today my one verse came from Genesis 29. It too has a wealth of knowledge nuggets.
Luke 29:35 NKJV
35 And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Now I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she stopped bearing.
O: **Note the Kingdom dynamic above** This verse is Leah speaking. Leah has a very interesting love triangle type story in the Bible. It makes my jaw drop the type of drama that God unravels through these stories. Leah and her sister,Rachel, were both married to Jacob. However, Leah was only married to Jacob because her father had tricked him into marrying his younger daughter Leah (after seven years of waiting for his love Rachel!!!). So, God blessed Leah (because she was unloved) and “closed Rachel’s womb”. Hence, the sister rivalry. Leah went on to have 1,2,3 boys in hopes to win her husband’s heart. With each child, she hoped that she would love him. Then, finally, child number four was born, Judah, and Leah “praised the Lord”.
How often are we looking for approval and love in places other than God? Here we see one example through Leah. However, there are many other ways we can seek for approval and love from places love and approval likely won’t come from. It’s sad to me that for Leah, it wasn’t her husband. However, we need to know that we shouldn’t place our entire weight of happiness in our spouse either. The part of this story that makes me happy is when she realizes she can praise the Lord for her sons.
Forgive us for looking in other places for approval and love. Help us to first seek and praise you above all else. We thank you for your Word. Lord, help us to rent from jealousy and envy and be thankful for what we have. Thank you for all these things.
In Jesus’ name,