This time of year, our thoughts turn toward what the year may hold. We make plans and think about the previous years with all their disappointments and regrets.
Leah (Genesis 29:31-35) was doing this year after year. She thought children were the answer to not being loved. Having children was very important in biblical times, especially sons for they would carry on the family name. Leah believed that if she had sons her husband would be pleased, see her worth, and love her. The Lord gave her what she thought she wanted. Leah had three sons. Sadly, Isaac still didn’t love her.
Finally, Leah looked elsewhere and found love where it had always been waiting for her–in God’s arms. So when she had a fourth son, she praised God with that son’s very name, Judah which means praise. Pleasing her husband to make him love her was no longer the thing that defined Leah. Rather she decided to please God. After all, he had always loved her.
Have you ever done this? So caught up in what you think will make you happy, you miss how God can make you happy right where you are, nothing else needed.
Sometimes God gives us what we think we need to show us what we really need.
God is there for you whatever you feel you are missing in your life. God can satisfy it.
Is there anything in your life that you keep looking to for happiness other than to God?