There was no sparkle in Leah’s eyes, but Rachel had a beautiful figure and a lovely face. –Genesis 29:17 NLT
Do you know that the Bible doesn’t say Leah was “ugly”? Look at some of various translations of this verse: Leah had weak eyes (NIV); Leah was tender eyed (KJV), Leah had ordinary eyes (HCSB). The Old Testament was written in Hebrew, and the Hebrew word to describe her eyes is rakak, which means tender, soft, or weak.
Yes, Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah, but that shouldn’t deem Leah as ugly. De- spite what Jacob or others thought about Leah’s outward appearance, God loved her. In fact, “When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless” (Genesis 29:31 NIV). And it was Leah, not Rachel, who gave birth to Judah, through whose line Jesus the Messiah was eventually born. When ugly is used to describe a person’s appearance, that’s when “ugly” becomes an ugly word. People, whom God created in His image, can feel unloved, devalued, etc.—perhaps like Leah felt when compared to her younger, beautiful sister, Rachel.
What attracts God? God values inward beauty over outward appearance. He adores those who fear and revere Him, who abide in integrity, love, and gentleness. If you feel devalued about your looks because of today’s beauty principles, in God’s eyes you’re a person of great worth.
- Praise God that He created you and He doesn’t make ugly things. Ask Him to help you see yourself and others through His eyes.
- Pray that the Holy Spirit would help you develop inward beauty that lasts forever rather than external appearances that fade.