No Love Lost
And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben, for she said. “Because the LORD has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me.”
God loves to rush to the aid of His hurting, abandoned children, doesn’t He? From Hagar, to Ishmael, and now to Leah, His heart for wounded children is apparent. But Leah isn’t the only one in need of compassion here. Think of it, friend: Jacob’s proven remarkably faithful to Laban for seven long years, but Laban brutally betrays him. How does Jacob cope with such maltreatment? How does he keep from storming through Laban’s door and taking Rachel by force? And speaking of Rachel, how can she ever look her father in the eyes again? How can she go back to tending his lambs when he’s failed to care for her, his daughter? What a mess sin makes! Jacob’s been robbed of his bride, Rachel’s been robbed of her groom, and Leah’s been left with a loveless husband who never wanted her in the first place.
No doubt Genesis 29 is drenched in the tears of the saints, but remember, friend: these are just puddles compared to the immeasurable ocean of blessing soon to rain down.