rachel and leah story in the bible

Rachel and Leah Story in the Bible God Uses the Least and Obedient

Rachel and Leah Story in the Bible

Jacob served Laban all the years God required him to. He worked for his wives and for the possessions he gained. According to God’s plan it was now time for him to leave Laban. Even though in his leaving was not done without some sin, God still used his family. The Rachel and Leah story in the Bible one of how God uses average human beings for His purposes.

First off Jacob did not trust that God would protect him from Laban. He never told Laban he was leaving. But, if one remembers the first time Jacob told Laban he wanted to leave he ended up working another 6 years! So, I can imagine Jacob’s thinking that Laban does not want him to leave and will require more from him. But, still even though Jacob saw how God was with him and everything he does, he still did not trust.

How many times have we been blessed by God, protected and provided for? Then when it comes to doing something that feels wrong we do not do it. I know I did this many times in my life. I remember my testimony, how much God saw me through when things even keel. But when things get tough those memories go out the window. I start to make choices that seem right to me at the time. But then God still does what He has had planned all along and eventually things work out. I could have saved myself some turmoil if I just trusted and went with God in the first place.

rachel and leah story in the bible
A drawing of two women

Rachel and Leah Story in the Bible

Then there is the fact that Rachel stole her fathers household gods and she lied about it. God hates lying, and putting another gods above him. Rachel was not yet fully able to let go of her past, let go of the gods she grew up knowing. Here she is going to a land she does not know and her husband is trusting an unknown God to her. If I were here I would be full of fear. But still God protected her. He still had a use for her.

While Jesus did not come down Rachels line of children Joseph did. God knew about Joseph and the Egyptians even during this time. So, God allowed Rachel these false gods and her lying, but He did not bless her as much as He did Leah. While Leah was not perfect, when she did not conceive children she took things into her own hands. It was not Leah who had to have the false gods. It was Leah who was unloved by her husband, thought of as lesser than Rachel that God gave many children to. Ultimately God planned Jesus to come from Leah’s children.

Even though we may make some decisions that do not match what God wants for us. He knows best and can still use us. It is up to us how much we trust and obey God overall. How easy do we want to make it on ourselves? Right now my husband and I are waiting for something huge in our lives. It seems to never come to fruition. It is pushing the limits of our patience and trusting the Lord. But, each time we try to worry and come up with a solution on our own we stop. We remember how He has provided for us and say no, in God’s perfect time not ours.

In doing this we are not wracked with worry, and trying to make plans. We are just enjoying every day and trusting God for tomorrow. What about you? Do you have something you need to trust God for? Can I pray with you for peace and patience?

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