Rejection is one of the common tools the devil uses to destroy our lives. Rejection can happen in many forms. We all have experienced some kinds of rejection and we know it hurts.
In psalms 27 :10 we find “Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.
Leah experienced rejection from her father Laban, her husband Jacob and her sister Rachel. When Jacob came to live with his uncle Laban he fell in love with Rachel and not Leah.
He requested Laban to marry Rachel. Laban promised his younger daughter Rachel to Jacob in return for seven years’ service, only to trick him into marrying his elder daughter Leah instead.
Jacob then served another seven years to marry Rachel. Genesis 29
The Bible says, “Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel was lovely in form, and beautiful.” Genesis 29:17.
Leah tasted the bitterness of rejection.
The Bible says, that God “saw that Leah was not loved” and so he opened her womb and she bore a child. Genesis 29:31
The Lord, in the midst of all that rejection, was showing to Leah his loving acceptance. But Leah didn’t get it. Instead she looks to her husband saying, “Surely my husband will love me now.” (Genesis 29:32) But he didn’t.
God gives her two more children and again Leah sticks to the hope that she will find acceptance from her husband. In every case she experienced only pain and disappointment.
Leah finally received God’s ultimate acceptance and moved beyond her fear to faith. When God granted her fourth child she stopped looking to her husband, but now she looked to the Lord for love. When her fourth child Judah was born, instead of saying “My husband will love me now,” she said “This time I will praise the LORD.” (Genesis 29:35). Often it is during times of rejection that we make wrong and bad decision but she made the decision to Praise the Lord.
She stopped looking to anything else. She allowed herself to fall into God’s embrace. It would be through the line of Judah that Jesus Christ would come. Isn’t that amazing. She not only experienced the acceptance of God, but then we see that God uses her to bring in the family out of which would come the Savior of the World. Jesus was born in the tribe of Judah. Matthew1:2. Leah’s sons became the fathers of the Jewish tribes of Israel. Man’s rejection can be God’s direction.
How did Leah overcome rejection?
She never murmured.
She was not complaining.
She did not get angry, bitter or resentful.
She began to trust God rather than trusting man.
She started Praising God.
Satan loves to put us in situations similar to that of Leah. We need to let the devil know that we are special to God and God will fulfill His promised blessings to us as He did in the life of Leah. Even if we don’t experience the fullness of the blessing, the ultimate fulfillment would come through our offspring.