“Praise is God’s prescription for changing your environment.


“Praise is God’s prescription for changing your environment.

Leah very well could have chosen another name for her son, a name that would not have brought him nearly so much blessing. After all, she was the unloved wife of Jacob, who preferred her younger sister, Rachel, to her. So wretched was Leah’s life that God showed her mercy and allowed her to have children while Rachel was barren. Even this, however, did not cause Jacob to love her. Yet, after naming her first son, Reuben—because God had seen and responded to her misery—and her second son, Simeon—because she was unloved—Leah chose to praise God in the naming of her third son. “God was evidently pleased with the name that Leah chose for her son. He loved Judah (see Ps. 78:67-68) and chose him to receive special favor. This was not so for Reuben and Simeon, Judah’s older brothers, or for any of the other of Jacob’s 12 sons. Certainly, God could have chosen any of Jacob’s sons to receive the blessing of being the ancestor of King David and of the Messiah, but God chose Judah.”

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