Is there something you are counting on to make you happy (a vacation, a marriage, a job, a house)? The Bible Story of Leah in Genesis 29 tells of a woman who had a “happiness breaking wish”. She frequently thought “If only my husband would love me. Then I’ll be happy.” In truth, her craving for husband’s affection actually stood between her and her experiencing God’s peace and joy. However, after four sons Leah finally got it! She learned to trust God and look to him for joy, not her husband. Let’s learn to escape the TIBH syndrome from Leah’s painful experience.
When the LORD saw that Leah was not loved, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. 32 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.” 33 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. 34 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. 35 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.