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Be a blessing to others through your pain

Mon, 4 November 2013 05:33
by Bishop W. Abrahams
Columns

Greetings to you all in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Today, let’s talk about how to be a blessing to others through your pain.
Genesis 29:16-19 reads: “Now Laban had two daughters. The name of the older was Leah and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah’s eyes were weak but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance. Jacob loved Rachel. And he said, ‘I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.’ Laban said, ‘It is better that I give her to you than I should give her to any other man; stay with me ‘.”
Genesis 29:31-35 says, “When the Lord saw that Leah was hated, He opened her womb but Rachel was barren. And Leah conceived and bore a son and she called him Reuben, for she said, ‘Because the Lord has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me.’ She conceived again and bore a son and said, ‘Because the Lord has heard that I am hated, He has given me this son also.’ And she called him Simeon. Again, she conceived and bore a son and said, ‘Now this time, my husband will be attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.’ Therefore, his name was called Levi. And she conceived again and bore a son and said, ‘This time, I will praise the Lord.’ Therefore, she called him Judah. Then she ceased bearing.”
The two ladies in these verses are called Rachel and Leah, born from one father and one mother. However, one is beautiful while the other, Leah, has crossed eyes.
Let’s focus first on the meanings of their names. ‘Rachel’ means “one with purity”. That is such a powerful expression in these times, because there is a serious need for purity in our lives today, for we live in an era of immorality, lust, perversion and deception.
‘Leah’ means “delicate, soft and weary”.
At this time of the year, things can become very crucial and shaky for many people, especially in form of work, family, financial, relationship and study (etc) pressures. We struggle with issues we cannot control and refrain from confronting those we should, because we are afraid of arguments. As such, many people simply move on, hoping that something good will come.
The good news is, we can change our situations and end up making a huge difference in ours and others’ lives at a blessed, Godly time.
Psalms 30:5 says, “Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.”

When we carefully study Rachael and Leah’s lives, we notice they each have their own characters and personalities. Their father, Laban, has thrived Jacob with them and it is then that we see how their lives unfold. Rachel who is beautiful and wears fancy outfits is barren. How applicable is this to many of us!
However, Leah who is not as beautiful as her sister experiences God’s favour. God opens her womb that she can have children. Meaning, God can use anything and anyone to manifest His glory.
The name ‘Ruben’ means “He will love me”. God has a way of bringing anybody a blessing
and surprise. All we have to do is trust and believe He is in control.
Rachel was mocked and abused but God gave her a son that expressed; “He will always love you”. Secondly, she had Simeon whose name meant “my sufferings have been heard”.
Leah was hated by Jacob and lied against by her sister, Rachel, but God came to her defence. Goes to say, no matter how people may gossip and try to blackmail you, God will hear your cries and heal your wounds so you can bless others.
Leah’s third son, Levi’s name meant “joining”, or “will join you”. Meaning, God will join you in your struggle; you will never be alone or lonely.

Finally, the name ‘Judah’ means “dancing, singing and praising during the hard times
of life”. Meaning, God will give us a praise song, to keep us singing throughout our trials.
If you want to be a blessing, do not let pain destroy you. Rather, let it bring you closer
to God, for He will give you vision for your life’s mission.
Until next week, God bless you!