Hope in the Lord and keep His way. Psalm 37:34
Perhaps you’ve seen the video of the little boy who learns he’s getting another sister. In the middle of his meltdown he laments, “It’s always girls, girls, girls, girls!”
It is an amusing glimpse into human expectastions,b ut there’s nothing funny about disappointment. It saturates our world. One story from the Bible is steeped in disappointment. Jacob agreed to work 7 years for the right to marry his boss’s daughter Rachel. But after fulfilling his contract, Jacob got a wedding night surprise. In the morning he discovered not Rachel but her sister Leah.
We focus on Jacob’s disappointment, but imagine how Leah must have felt! What hopes and dreams of hers began to die that day as she was forced to marry a man who did not love or want her?
Psalm 37:4 tells us, “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Are we to believe that God-fearing people are never disappointed? No, the psalm clearly shows that the writer sees injustice all around him. But he takes the long view: Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him” (v. 71). His conclusion: “The meek will inherit the land” (V. 11).
In the end, it was Leah whom Jacob honored and buried in the family grave plot with Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah (Gen. 49:31). And it was through the lineage of Leah – who in life thought she was unloved – that God blessed the world with our Savior. Jesus brings justice, restores hope, and gives us an inheritance beyond our wildest dreams. — Tim Gustafson
Lord, it’s hard to wait patiently
for good things. Forgive us for comparing ourselves to others and complaining about what we don’t have.
Help us to meet you in a new way.
Jesus is the only friend who never disappoints.
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