Unloved and Overlooked

When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he opened her womb. –Genesis 29:31

“Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover.” You’ve heard this before, right? You cannot tell what’s inside a book just by looking at the outside. It’s what’s inside- the words written on each page that tell a story.

Society is like that too. It’s easy for us to look at someone and make assumptions about that person based on what we see on the outside. Forget they may have a great sense of humor or a great listener all we see is an overweight, short and bald man. Not exactly the qualities we were looking for.

Leah was not thought of as a “beautiful person.” Genesis 29:17 describes Leah has having no sparkle in her eyes; Rachel having a beautiful figure and a lovely face. I imagine it wasn’t easy for Leah living with a younger sister who was prettier than her.

Rachel’s beauty made Leah’s life difficult. It’s not easy living in the shadows of someone. Jacob did fall in love with her younger sister leaving her feeling insecure, unloved and overlooked.unnamed-4

Have you ever felt unloved and overlooked by someone?

Leah deceived Jacob on his wedding night pretending to be Rachel. Was this her way of getting back at her sister? Was she a willing participant in her father’s plan to trick Jacob? Willing participant or not Leah was faithful and obedient to her father in going along with the deception.

Sometimes our feelings consume our thinking and cause us to act in a manner that is not typical of our behavior.

Leah was obedient and faithful to Jacob. She genuinely loved and cared for him and tried to earn his love by bearing him sons. She was hoping by her having sons, Jacob would start to love her.

After the birth of each child (six sons and one daughter), Leah’s dream of Jacob loving her even just a little were non-existent. She tried earning his love through the birth of her children. Leah put her faith, hopes and trusts in the wrong man. After the birth of her fourth son, her view changed and she praised the Lord.

We don’t earn God’s love. It is a free gift given by God to those who believe that He is our Lord and Savior. All we have to do is to accept it. He doesn’t look at the size of our bank account, the size of our house, or the car we drive. He loves us unconditionally.

Former Dutch Prime Minister and journalist, Abraham Kuyper said,

“There are two kinds of beauty; there is a beauty which God gives at birth, and which withers as a flower. And there is beauty which God grants when by His grace men are born again. That kind of beauty never vanishes but blooms eternally.”

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Leah may not have been considered a “beautiful person” by others but God saw an inner beauty that her sister Rachel lacked.  Leah urges us with her story to look to God to give us strength and He will guide our steps. 


Read more on Leah with us on our “Learning from Their Examples” series.


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IMG_7571Tonya Masoner is a part-time legal assistant and full-time school custodian. She enjoys thrift shopping, pizza Sunday’s and binge watching Netflix. She loves telling people-“God’s got a sense of humor… I don’t even drink coffee.” Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.

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