February 11, 2016

Today you should read: Genesis 29:21-35

A little over a year ago, I read this story to my (at the time) 5 year old daughter from the Jesus Storybook Bible, and I started crying. I was crying because as distracted as she seemed over the last couple nights of devotions, she was sucked into this story and sympathized with Leah.

Olivia heard that she was beautiful from a very young age and that word has always stuck out to her. She wants to be beautiful, act beautiful and look beautiful like many other young girls and women. Beautiful like Rachel in this story. But beautiful means nothing unless it’s in the heart. Something my daughter learned that night as she saw how Leah her “ugly” sister was treated in comparison to Rachel. However Leah was not ugly in God’s eyes. In fact, it says in God’s Word that because God heard she was hated by her husband and known as the “ugly” sister, he blessed her with children, children that would eventually lead to the bloodline of Jesus. And she praised Him.

What a picture of grace. What a picture of the Gospel. A God who loves the unlovely. Who gives great gifts to those who are hated. And what a beautiful lesson that my daughter learned that night as seeds were being planted in her heart and she whispered in my ear “God wants me to be more beautiful in my heart than on the outside, right daddy?” I whispered back, “Yes sweetie, yes he does.” I’m going to cut this devotion short so that you can watch the video of this captivating children’s devotional that I read that night. But as many parents already know, don’t be deceived thinking it’s just a “kids” Bible story. The author, Sally Lloyd Jones has a gift with words. Let God use this story like He’s used it in many other daughters and fathers’ lives.

By: Erik Koliser

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

5 thoughts on “February 11, 2016”

  1. Believer, rejoice in this faithful, covenant-keeping God. Anchor your soul on this Rock of the Divine veracity. The great adversary may try at times to impair your confidence — shake your trust — lead you to question your personal interest in the great salvation. But what are his negatives, compared to one affirmative of that God who cannot lie? His covenant of peace has something better than your own ever-fluctuating frames and feelings to rest upon. It is ratified by His own oath and promise. “The counsel of the Lord stands forever; the thoughts of His heart to all generations.” “Just as the mountains surround and protect Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds and protects His people, both now and forever!”
    – MacDuff

  2. The deceiver gets deceived. Isn’t it interesting that Jacob, who deceived his brother Esau and his father Isaac, gets a big dose of his own medicine. Do you think God was using this as a “teachable moment” in Jacob’s life? Perhaps he had a few things to learn about grace, mercy, compassion, fairness, etc.

    Thanks for the commentary and video today Erik K.

  3. Thanks for the video Erik. I can’t imagine how Leah felt, knowing that her sister was favored over her. Interesting that God chose one of Leah’s, not Rachel’s, sons to be the kingly line through which Jesus would eventually come. Even in Jacob’s time, God still worked through the most ordinary of people, not necessarily the most beautiful or well-known.

  4. Thanks, Erik. I love the God who loves the unlovely. It’s a great profundity to understand how deep the love of God is and I’m so glad his love isn’t based on what we deserve. In fact, we bring NOTHING of merit before him. But he gives richest blessings because of his plan, resulting in more glory for him and full satisfaction for us. This was cool today. Also, the music behind the story in that video is from Frozen… What? lolz.

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