God’s love seems to be on repeat like an old scratched CD. He seems to repeat Himself a lot in my life.
Leah is four babies and a few years into a failing relationship…
She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “This time I will praise the LORD.” So she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children. -Genesis 29:34
Finally, God’s lesson to Leah soaks into her heart. This time she gives credit to the life giver, the only gaping emptiness-filler. At Judah’s birth, Leah finally lets go of trying to fill a space that only her Father God can fill. This time Leah gives the glory and praise to the LORD, and He does indeed fill that empty place in Leah’s heart.
Our sweet Leah never gets to see with her own weak eyes the true blessing of that last baby boy, Judah. You see, through the line of Judah, the child that brought Leah to praise, God blesses the earth with Jesus.
When Leah let go of trying to win earthly love, God gifted the world with the Savior, our permanent emptiness eraser. Through Leah’s sweet baby Judah, Jesus came to rescue all of us who are desperately seeking to be freed from our bondage of malcontent and loneliness.
It is enticing to fill our emptiness with anything but Christ. How often will we break our hearts as we try to patch up our empty places? Our temporary emptiness band-aids pale in comparison to the healer of all brokenness. I take comfort in the notion that it took Leah years and several pregnancies to figure this out. God is the only true healer of our loneliness, brokenness, and emptiness. He’ll keep trying to teach us this till we learn. He’ll use whatever means necessary to prove His love. He really already proved his love… through the line of Judah.
Father, fill the void within us with only you and your ever-present healing love that never fades!
Take a sip of coffee and breathe…
1. God will use your brokenness to draw you to Him. Some of us, unfortunately, are brought to our knees before we learn this lesson. How does it feel knowing that your greatest hurts could become your greatest lessons? Is God trying to prove to you that HE is your one and only today? Are you still trying to fill your life with band-aids? God will use your earthly heartbreak to create something eternally wholy beautiful.
2. Seek God in your loneliness. Praise Him for your trials. Find beauty in your pain. It isn’t easy, but remember we are not in heaven yet. Where there is emptiness, God fills. Where there is loneliness, God is there. Where there is abandonment, God will never walk out. You are eternally loved and cherished by your creator. You already won this battle and you are never ever EVER alone. Write this down somewhere where you can see it today:
You are worth the sacrifice of God’s Son.
Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. -Revelation 5:5