I’m not the most athletic person in the world. When I was in school, I really hated gym class, especially when we played team sports. The gym teacher would always choose two captains who got to pick their team. I was always the last or next to the last person chosen. It was such a humiliating experience. I felt unwanted and not liked, and it affected my mood for the next few days. I was so happy when I did not have to take physical education my last two years in high school and ecstatic I was not required to have PE credits in college.
Because of my experience in PE class, I have always been considerate to those who are in the same boat in other areas of life as I was with gym class. Sometimes, life seems like a popularity contest and those of us who care for people and want to do the right things are often looked upon as not worth knowing or not fun enough. A kind and loving heart and a good and moral person is often overlooked.
When I read the story of Leah and Rachel in Genesis, I felt so bad for Leah. Jacob loved Rachel and had worked 7 years and was given Leah instead. Jacob got so upset that he was given Leah, but Laban said that it was custom for the oldest daughter to be married first. He said to wait until the bridal week was over, and he could have Rachel if Jacob continued to work for him for another 7 years.
Rachel was everything Leah was not. She was beautiful and had a nice figure. Leah was probably plainer, but Genesis says she had tender eyes. It had to be hard for Leah who wanted Jacob to care for her but knew he was so in love with Rachel and not her.
Enter the Lord God who sees Leah’s misery and that she’s unloved. God enabled her to have children immediately, and she gave birth to 4 sons back to back. Leah was so grateful to be able to give Jacob sons and thought it would make him love her, but it did not. However, Leah was especially blessed by her 4th son Judah which means praise. Leah’s and Judah’s descendants were King David, King Solomon and Jesus, God’s son.
The fact that God saw Leah was unloved and acted on her behalf is revealing about His character. He loves those people who think they are not or can not be loved. It does not matter why a person feels that way. He has compassion for them. When Jesus was on Earth, He associated most with people who were considered sinners and rejects. He was available to those who needed Him the most.
Today our society seems to get more and more uncaring, and electronics is taking the place of human relationships. So many people are feeling unloved or left out. Christ followers are to have the heart of Christ. We are called to love and care for someone who feels or is unloved. Being or feeling unloved is crippling and harmful to whoever feels that way. Christians should convey that every person has value, and God has given each person life on the Earth for a purpose. God truly loves everyone just as they are no matter where they live or who they are or what they have done.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39