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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Where is God?

Have you ever been in such a hurtful situation that it made you wonder if the Lord was seeing what was happening to you? You may be asking, "Where is God in all this mess?" In reading Genesis 29 I was reminded how Jacob is tricked by his Uncle Laban. He marries Leah instead of his beloved Rachel. However, after working for seven more years, he also takes Rachel as his wife. He loves Rachel, and despises poor Leah. Despises? Yes. Verse 31 says, When He (the Lord) saw that Leah was hated He opened her womb.

Can you imagine such a situation? Perhaps someone reading this truly can. My heart hurts for you, Friend. Some women are despised by husbands, fathers, children, co-workers, neighbors, and the pain is undeniably difficult to bear. But let me comfort you with the words of this passage - the Lord saw. It can be overlooked or unseen by men, but an omniscient, omnipresent God sees. Not only did he see, but He also favored her by opening her womb and giving her a child. See also His compassion as He grants this desire for Leah who so wanted Jacob to love her for something she could do that Rachel could not.

In chapter 31, verse 17 we read that not only did the Lord see, but at this time the Lord heard. Leah cries out for another son, and God gives her her desire. What she's asking for is a request that would not be against God's will - a wife wants a child. It was perfectly right that she desire and ask God for this request. What is it that you are crying out to God for? Perhaps you've been crying for some time. Don't doubt that the Lord is hearing you. He does. Keep praying. Keep asking. See His sovereign hand moving in Leah's life to bring about His will and remember that His sovereignty is also at work in your life today.

Rachel is an innocent person in this story. It wasn't her fault that Jacob loved her more. She didn't force him to take two wives. Her heart's desire was also for a child and she prayed and agonized as her sister bore many sons, while her own womb was barren. She continued to long for a child. She must have kept praying, for verse 22 it says that the Lord remembered Rachel and hearkened unto her and opened her womb. Do you feel forgotten or alone in your situation - your painful experience? The Lord remembers you, Dear one. He loves you and thinks on you every day many, many times over.

Though you and I may not be in a love triangle and praying for a child (or maybe you are), we experience painful situations that parallel to this family's. Be comforted by the truths that God sees your situation, He hears your cries, and He remembers what you're facing. Tied to that is His compassion, His omnipresence, His omniscience, His omnipotence and His sovereignty. So keep praying and trusting. He is there with you now.

With love,

5 comments:

hkeels said...

Thank you Denise for this reminder. I feel as though this was written just for me. Love you my dear friend,
Hazel

Dawn said...

Ah...sometimes I feel like you're writing just for ME! God uses you to touch my heart just where I need it the most...thank you!

Angie C. said...

This was helpful to me this morning! Thank you!

Trish said...

Denise,
I really needed to hear what you wrote in this post! Very encouraging!
Trish

Denise said...

Praise the Lord for the way He leads, and for His Word that is always profitable in our lives!