One of the main reasons holding people back from their holy calling is that they don’t think they are good enough. When we are caught up in our problems such as “I am just not good enough” or “I don’t have the talent or the skills” then we can miss the calling God has on us.
The number of girls these days that have eating disorders is ridiculous. Girls are eating their food and then going to the bathroom to stick their finger down their throat so they can throw up, so they don’t get fat. They don’t want boys to look at them and think they are overweight. How many women stand in front of the mirror and wish they were much thinner, or had more curves, or had a straighter nose or fuller lips, etc etc etc?
Many girls look for love in the wrong place. They give themselves to boys in the belief that they will then be loved. But once a boy has used her for his needs, he moves onto another target and he doesn’t love her. We look for love and acceptance in the way we dress and the people we hang out with. We try to fit in so we don’t stand out.
From the moment we meet Jacob’s first wife, we are hearing the description of one of the “not so cool people”. She is described as having weak eyes. (Genesis 29:17). But if you look at her younger sister, she was absolutely a knock out! She was gorgeous. She was that girl who when she walked into a room, every guy’s head turned.
Laban, Rachel and Leah’s father tricked Jacob into marrying Leah first. Jacob wanted Rachel, but Laban realised he had to help Leah along or else she may end up on the shelf. So Jacob ended up marrying Leah and only discovered this when it was too late and they were already married.
Leah was stuck in a loveless marriage, with a bad body image. Her husband loved her gorgeous sister. She wanted nothing more than to please him, but he had eyes for someone else. Do you feel like that? Maybe you have never felt love and acceptance. Maybe you are embarrassed by your looks or your shape.
But we read that God looks at the heart.
Do not let a bad body image stop you from your holy calling. When you look in the mirror, you see a scoundrel, but God sees a princess. Leah saw herself as a sad woman locked in a loveless marriage. A sad, unattractive woman. But that is not what God saw. He saw someone with a different destiny.
Gen 29:31 When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive
Many years later, history showed that Leah was great, great, great …..grandmother of David, and Solomon and Jesus.
Inside of Leah was a destiny, a holy calling way bigger than her circumstances. She was great grandmother to the Messiah. Do not let your circumstances hold you back.
What did she do right?
Nothing special, she simply looked to the Lord. In fact Judah was her 4th child. What is interesting is what Leah said after each child:
- “It is because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.”
- “Because the Lord heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too.” So she named him Simeon.
- “Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” So he was named Levi.
- V 35 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “This time I will praise the Lord.”
Get your eyes off yourself and onto God, and blessing comes