Leah was in such a difficult position. She was married to a man who did not love her, a man who likely despised her because of the deception she had been a part of. And to make matters even worse, her husband was also married to her sister, the one he truly and openly loved. And the two sisters would become bitter rivals (see Gen. 30:1,6,8,15).
As we read this account, we should not gloss over Leah’s deep pain, a deep pain produced by sin, notably Laban’s and Jacob’s. We need to be reminded that sin always has consequences, both in our lives and the lives of others. But neither should we miss what God birthed through Leah’s adversity, the beauty He brought from the ashes. Leah’s sons were part of the nation God was building. From Levi would come the priests who would act as intermediaries between God and His sinful people. And through Judah would come the line of kings that would give rise to the Savior of the world. Trials and pain often push us away from God, if we let them, and the tragedy is that when they do, we can miss the beauty of God’s work in their midst. Instead, let us learn as Leah did—through the pain and the hurt, let us praise the Lord.
How has God used trials, adversity, and pain in your life for good?