GOD WILL GIVE YOU AN ADVANTAGE

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

JUNE 24, 2024

TOPIC: GOD WILL GIVE YOU AN ADVANTAGE

BY T. O. BANSO

“When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachel was barren” (Genesis 29:31 New King James Version).

Jacob was an accidental polygamist! He was tricked into marrying someone he had no intention of marrying. He served his uncle, Laban, for seven years to marry Rachel, but Laban deceived him. He brought Leah to him on the evening of the wedding. Jacob didn’t know until the following morning.

Jacob must have been furious. So it came to pass in the morning, that behold, it was Leah. And he said to Laban, ‘What is this you have done to me? Was it not for Rachel that I served you? Why then have you deceived me?’ And Laban said, ‘It must not be done so in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn. Fulfill her week, and we will give you this one also for the service which you will serve with me still another seven years’” (Genesis 29:25-27 New King James Version).

Laban was just being dishonest. If he knew that he couldn’t give away the younger sister before the older sister, he should have told Jacob from the beginning. If an uncle could act deceitfully like this, it tells so much about his character. Jacob found himself in a situation that after seven days of honeymoon, he married Rachel, and served for another seven years. Whereas he served in advance and married Leah, he married Rachel and served after! Laban gave Rachel to Jacob as his second wife one week after he had married Leah.

Considering how Jacob married Leah, it should not be surprising that the Bible says Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah (verse 30). Leah’s case would have been more pathetic if God had not come to her rescue and given her the advantage of bearing children ahead of her younger sister.

Genesis 29:31 says,When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachel was barren” (New King James Version). Only God knows what Jacob would have done to Leah if she had been the one barren. But God gave Leah an advantage. He gave her children and established her as a mother in Jacob’s home, though Jacob still didn’t love her as a wife. All efforts by Leah to win Jacob’s love, giving birth to seven children, failed (Genesis 29:32-35; 30:17-21). Jacob preferred Rachel above her (Genesis 33:1-2).

Genesis 29:17 says Leah’s eyes were delicate, but Rachel was “beautiful of form and appearance” (New King James Version). Bible translations present the phrase Leah’s eyes were delicate in different ways. Some translations describe Leah’s eyes as dull, weak, without sparkle, and ordinary compared to Rachel’s beautiful form and appearance. Other translations describe Leah’s eyes as lovely (New Revised Standard Version) and attractive (GOD’S WORD Translation).

Whatever the case, God is the God of the beautiful and the God of those not considered beautiful! Leah, the beautiful one, was envious of Leah, the one with the delicate eyes because she had children (Genesis 30:1). Leah, the unloved, had six sons and one daughter. However, Rachel, Jacob’s favourite wife, was barren for years before having only two sons. She died while giving birth to her second son. Rachel and Leah had other children for Jacob through their maidservants.

Significantly, the descendants of Leah include Judah. Jesus the Messiah was born of the tribe of Judah (Genesis 29:35). The unloved woman gave birth to Judah, an ancestor of Jesus Christ.

Your supposed disadvantage is not the end of the road for you in life. God will give you an advantage. He can make a way where there seems to be no way. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:19 New King James Version).

From the account of the choice of a king from the children of Jesse, David, the youngest son, was disadvantaged. He was not invited to the meeting where one of Jesse’s children was to be anointed a king. Rather, he was left to take care of the sheep.

Not until God rejected all the children of Jesse present did Jesse send for him. Perhaps Jesse never considered him a likely candidate for kingship. And Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Are all the young men here?’ Then he said, ‘There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.’ And Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.’ So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, ‘Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!’” (1 Samuel 16:11-12 New King James Version).

Samuel kept everybody standing until the disadvantaged man whom God had chosen arrived. It is noteworthy that God rejected the invited sons and invited the neglected son! God told Samuel to anoint him, for he was the one. Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed David as king amid his brothers, and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.

You may be disadvantaged in some areas but God will give you an advantage. Maybe you have been rejected or disqualified because you lack some requirements or you don’t have powerful connections, look unto God. He is in the business of protecting the interests of the weak, vulnerable, and disadvantaged. God will give you an advantage.

When He gave Leah an advantage, He opened her womb so that she would have something to hold on to in her marriage to a man who didn’t love her. When He gives an advantage to the poor and the barren, He changes their story. Psalm 113:7-9 says, He raises the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the ash heap, that He may seat him with princes— with the princes of His people. He grants the barren woman a home, like a joyful mother of children” (New King James Version).

In the same home where Hannah was barren and was taunted or mocked by her rival, Peninnah, God gave her an advantage. She had three sons and two daughters after she had been barren (1 Samuel 2:21). Hannah was the mother of a great prophet, Samuel. What an advantage! Hear her prayer after: The bows of the mighty men are broken, and those who stumbled are girded with strength. Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, and the hungry have ceased to hunger. Even the barren has borne seven, and she who has many children has become feeble. The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and brings up. The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and He has set the world upon them” (1 Samuel 2:4-8 New King James Version).

I pray that where you may be disadvantaged, God will give you an advantage. Where men have excluded you, God will include you. Where you have been rejected, you will be invited. Where the enemy has deleted your name, God will restore it. God, Himself will be your Help. He will send you help from above.

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. Take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner, and cannot save yourself, and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot save myself.  I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You must join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: O Lord, give me an advantage where I am disadvantaged. Work my disadvantage to my advantage. Put an end to disfavour in my life; let my life attract favour.

(For over 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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