” Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, “It is because The Lord has Seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.”
She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Because The Lord Heard that I am not loved, He Gave me this one too.” So she named him Simeon.
Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” So he was named Levi.
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 29,32-35
In Genesis 29, Leah, Jacob’s first wife, hoped that her husband would love her because she was giving birth. At each new birth of a child, she hoped her husband would give her more attention. But we can assume that this was not the case since at each birth she had the same hope until her fourth birth for which instead of putting her hope in her husband she decided to praise The Lord simply by calling her child Judah.
With her last child, Leah shows us the attitude we must adopt: an attitude of praise to The Lord no matter what situation we find ourselves in. If we take The Lord as our Sovereign Good, regardless of the circumstances of life, the trials we are going through, He will Be our Source of Joy and we will praise Him at all times.
“The Lord Is my Strength and my Shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He Helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him. The Lord Is The Strength of His people, A Fortress of Salvation for His Anointed One.” Psalm 28,7-8
Like king David in Psalm 28, let us put our trust in The Lord. In the Psalm, king David calls the Lord “Rock” once and another time “Fortress”. We know that a rock is solid; it is not moving. If we lean on it, we will not fall. Similarly, The Lord Is our Rock. We can lean on Him with confidence, confident that we have a Safe Shelter in Him. Indeed, God Is Faithful to those who fear Him.
« Then Jesus Came to them and Said, “All Authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to Me. » Matthew 28:18
In Matthew 28, The Lord Jesus told His disciples that All Power had been given to Him in Heaven and on earth. Indeed, through His Resurrection, The Lord Jesus Was Elevated to The Highest Place so that in His Name every knee bends in Heaven, on earth and under the earth.
» Therefore God exalted Him to The Highest Place and gave Him The Name that is above every name, that at The Name Of Jesus every knee should bow, in Heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ Is Lord, to The Glory Of God The Father. » Philippians 2:9-11
Do not underestimate The Power Of The Name Of Jesus. He Himself Said that He will Do all that we ask in His Name.
» And I will Do whatever you ask in My Name, so that The Father May Be Glorified in The Son. » John 14:13
In The Name Of Jesus, the demons are driven out, the sick are healed, the dead are resurrected. Let us not hesitate therefore to proclaim This Name with authority against demons and they will yield. But let us not forget that in order to benefit from This Name, we must believe in The Lord Jesus. Let us not be like the seven sons of Sceva that an evil spirit mistreated because they used The Name of The Lord Jesus without knowing Him personally.
» Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke The Name Of The Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In The Name Of The Jesus Whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding. » Acts 19:13-16
“The Angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, Who Was Crucified. He Is not Here; He has Risen, just as He Said. Come and see the place where He Lay. Then go quickly and tell His disciples: ‘He has Risen from the dead and Is Going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him.’ Now I have told you.” Matthew 28:6-7
The day after the Sabbath the two Mary went to The Lord Jesus’ Tomb. But to their surprise, they were welcomed by An Angel who told them that The Lord Jesus had Risen and told them to tell the news to the disciples.
What a Good News this must have been for the disciples. After The Lord Jesus’ Death, they were disoriented; They did not know if He Was really The Messiah or not. They were asking themselves questions. But after The Resurrection Of The Lord, they had the answer to their questions; They were able to regain joy.
What a good news also for all who put their hope in The Lord Jesus. He has Overcome death, He has Risen. In the same way, all who believe in Him will overcome death and will live in Him, through Him and for Him.
“Jesus Said to her, “I Am The Resurrection and The Life. The one who believes in Me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”” John 11: 25-26
” There above it Stood The Lord, and He Said: “I Am The Lord, The God of your father Abraham and The God of Isaac. I will Give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I Am with you and will Watch over you wherever you go, and I will Bring you back to this land. I will not Leave you until I have done what I have Promised you.” Genesis 28:13-15
God made 3 Promises to Jacob in Genesis 28:
– God Promised to Give to Jacob the land on which he was lying to him and to his offspring
– God Promised Jacob descendants as numerous as the dust of the earth
– God Promised Jacob to Watch over him where he would go and Bring him back to the land He had Promised.
“I will not Leave you until I have Done what I have Promised you. Genesis 28:15
GOD IS FAITHFUL. What He Says, He Accomplishes it. He Keeps His Promises no matter how long it takes. We can lean on Him and be assured that He will Fulfill what He Promised. God Made many Promises to His children (born again Christians) in His Word and we must believe with certainty whatever He Says no matter what our situation is, because God Is not A Man to lie. And He can neither Deceive Himself nor Deceive us. So let’s keep faith, believe in The Faithfulness Of our God.
” God Is not Human, that He should Lie, not a human being, that He should Change His Mind.
Does He Speak and then not Act? Does He Promise and not Fulfill?” Numbers 23:19
“My heart says Of You, “Seek His Face!” Your Face, Lord, I will seek.” Psalm 27:8
Like king David, we must seek The Face of The Lord. We must seek Him to find out what His Will for us is. Let us seek Him at all times and in all circumstances. Let us seek Him in the morning, let us seek Him in our moments of joy, in our moments of sadness, let us seek Him before making decisions. We must seek to live in accordance with His Will, His Commandments.
” When Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that Jesus Was Condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed Innocent Blood.”
“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”
So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.” Matthieu 27:3-5
In Matthew 27, Judas was seized with remorse because he delivered The Lord Jesus, handed Him over for thirty pieces of silver; so, he committed suicide. Judas had chosen to follow the path of the devil. Inspired by the evil one, he decided to betray The Lord Jesus to get money. This decision surely seemed attractive to him, considering the amount that it would bring him; But we see that in the end, this money was not useful to him and that he ended up hanging himself. So we notice that Judas succumbed to the devil’s temptation, the desire to get rich and this choice led him to his death.
We, too, are likely to be tempted by the devil. But when he tempts us, we must resist because if we choose the path of easy money, dishonesty, lies, injustice, fornication, adultery, etc. … we choose the way of the devil, and this path, even if it seems attractive in the short term, will lead us to death in the long run. When we choose the devil’s way, we take a step towards eternal fire.
Let us therefore pray constantly and ask The Lord for the strength, determination to follow His Commandments and not fall into the path of the devil.