READ: Genesis 29:16-30
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. —Romans 5:8
Leah must have laid awake all night thinking of the moment when her new
husband would awaken. She knew that it was not her face he expected to
see, but Rachel’s. Jacob had been a victim of deception, and when he
realized that a “bait and switch” had occurred, he quickly made a new
deal with Laban to claim the woman he had been promised (Gen. 29:25-27).
Have you ever felt insignificant or second-best? Leah felt that way. It’s
seen in the names she chose for her first three sons (vv.31-35). Reuben means “See, a Son”; Simeon means “Heard”; and Levi means “Attached.” Their names were all plays on words that indicated
the lack of love she felt from Jacob. With each son’s birth, she
desperately hoped she would move up in Jacob’s affections and earn his
love. But slowly Leah’s attitude changed, and she named her fourth son Judah, which means “Praise” (v.35). Though she felt unloved by her husband, perhaps she now realized she was greatly loved by God.
We can never “earn” God’s love, because it’s not dependent on what we do.
In truth, the Bible tells us that “while we were still sinners, Christ
died for us” (Rom. 5:8). In God’s eyes, we are worth the best that
heaven could offer—the gift of His precious Son. —Cindy Hess Kasper
Love sent the Savior to die in my stead.
Why should He love me so?
Meekly to Calvary’s cross He was led.
Why should He love me so? —Harkness
Nothing speaks more clearly of God’s love than the cross.