I find Leah to be one of the most intriguing figures in the Bible. She was married off to a man who thought he was marrying someone else but then somehow believed she could earn his love by having sons for him. This belief that she could earn Jacob's love would leave her sorely disappointed. It seems from Genesis 29:35 that she had learned her lesson and finally stopped trying to please her husband but instead chose to praise God. Yet as we will see from tomorrow's reading her learning was short lived. I recognize that I am sometimes like Leah in that I am more concerned about pleasing people and trying to earn their love than stopping to praise God. The amazing thing about God is that we don't have to earn his love, we're already loved. Notice Jesus' response to people in Matthew 9 as he heals a woman of a bleeding problem, heals a sick girl, gives sight to two blind men and casts out a demon. We see Jesus' motivation for these actions in verse 36, where we are told that he had "compassion" on the people. Jesus loved the crowds as his creation and loves us as well. We shouldn't think that we could earn God's love but instead should respond with praise for the love which we already have.
Question of the day: What in your life reveals that you think that you have to earn God's love rather than already having it?
God, our Father, I thank you that you love me. I thank you that I can be certain of your love because of the life and death of Jesus. Help me to acknowledge your love, thank you for your love, and love others out of an overflow of the love which I have received from you. Amen.