And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.
Trouble can often make us feel as if God is no longer looking in our direction. We can quickly become despondent and lonely.
Leah, being the left-over-sister, had been abandoned by her husband who was tricked into marrying her in the first place. Jacob, her husband slept in Rachel’s tent, the beautiful younger sister of Leah. Leah lived with the shame of being the undesired wife. The burden bride of Jacob. Isolated, left alone she was a broken vessel. But one night Jacob made his way to her tent. Nine months later Jacob’s first son is born. And Leah named her son Rueben; “Sees”. Her son’s name means “Sees”. She said God has seen my trouble and though it was only one night with Jacob God has made me fertile and has given me a son. God has seen my trouble.
Job, the most famous sufferer of scripture, comes to a point in his life where he can no longer connect with God. He said I go forward and backwards, and from side to side I see God working but I can’t make that connection. The next verse is amazing Job says “but he knows where I am at”. God sees.
God never turns His back and looks away when trouble comes our way. He is “looking upon (your) affliction” and in the God appointed moment He will come to your aid. You serve a Rueben God.