Yesterday’s devotional talked of two kinds of destinies controlling human lives. Those not believing in the God of the Christians usually have their destinies controlled by forces of darkness of this world. Those believing in the Almighty God usually have their destinies controlled and directed to the glorious side of life no matter how lives toss them ups and downs. One of the peculiar habits of these people is the ability to wait till their change comes. Today’s devotional therefore, aims at encouraging Christians to face any situation that comes upon them with calm and in emotional stable mind. Sometimes, one will not know that the kind of life he/she is passing through is destined by God as the experience will be too unbearable. What plays out here is that God holds up the person whose destiny is connected to Him stable in any ugly situation till He comes to change the life of that person.
Today’s devotional as promised yesterday is using Leah, Jacob’s unintended wife for him as a case study to drive home her point. Every Bible believing Christian is beautifully acquainted with the story of how Leah became Jacob’s wife overnight. A critical survey on Leah’s story brings forth one solid truth, which is, a girl who had nothing that could draw attention of spouse to ask her hands in marriage. The Bible said Laban has Leah and Rachel as daughters. The Bible says Leah has “tender eyes” Other translations say weak, delicate, ordinary or plain face. These descriptions make people concluded that Leah was fragile, skinny and fearfully delicate. This does not portray Leah a marriageable girl. Jacob never liked her any day. But she was connected to destiny of God.
By agreement, Jacob was to serve Laban for seven years without payment, if he will be married to Rachel after the seven years of labour. Jacob completed the years, had his marriage celebration with Rachel witnessed by people in the day. Over the night, comes evidence of divine destiny in favour of Leah. Laban took her to Jacob as wife. Jacob protested to Laban, but the deed is done. Jacob can only have Rachel for another seven-year labour. Leah was hated by Jacob and Rachel. This made Leah gave birth to six sons and one daughter before Rachel became a mother of two (Joseph and Benjamin). The beloved, what does this mean to you? You too have your wonderful future secured by God. Do not become too desperate and disgustful over your ugly situation. Jehovah Nissi will change your sorrows to sweet stories as long as your destiny is connected to Him, in Jesus name.
FATHER JEHOVAH, turn my ugly yesteryears to glorious stories as you did to Leah the wife of Jacob in Jesus name. Turn the barren lands of Christians to fruitful lands in the name of Jesus Christ.