16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah had weak[a] eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful. 18 Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.”19 Laban said, “It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel,but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to make love to her.”22 So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast. 23 But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her. 24 And Laban gave his servant Zilpah to his daughter as her attendant.25 When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?”26 Laban replied, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one. 27 Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.”28 And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. 29 Laban gave his servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her attendant. 30 Jacob made love to Rachel also, and his love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah.And he worked for Laban another seven years.
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Craving God: Day 2
This passage is just the beginning of the story of Rachel and Leah. They were sisters who loved the same man but Jacob loved Rachel more than he did Leah. What makes this an even stickier situation is that Leah was able to easily bear children whereas Rachel was not. Both sisters craved something that was not in God’s will for them…. Leah wanted to be loved by Jacob in the same way he loved Rachel and Rachel wanted to be able to give him children as Leah did.
This rivalry and their desires for affection and for children led them to desperate acts. Rachel offered her servant girls to Jacob in order to give him children and Leah carried a superior attitude towards Rachel due to her fertility. They both wanted what the other had and their jealousy and cravings consumed them both. Rather than focus on what they had, they craved what they did not have.
I can imagine them both saying “why her?” Comparing themselves to each other probably led to feelings of “I don’t measure up so I want what she has.” Craving something that was not meant to be theirs led to an epic struggle of “one-ups-manship.” God has a plan for each of us just as He had a plan for Rachel and Leah but they allowed their human nature to lead their hearts rather than allowing God to work in them.
Are there any situations in your life that have led you to crave something so badly that you acted in a desperate manner to try to get it? I know I have made some poor choices related to things or to relationships that I thought I had to have. It is only in looking back that I realize how desperate that craving for attention or for love had made me act. God wants us to be desperate to be close to Him and crave His presence in our lives and not allow our human cravings to make us jealous of others.
About the Author
[ Kay Pflueger ]
Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.