Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked (1 Chr. 4:10 ESV).
The prayer of Jabez is a remarkable testimony of a man who cried out to God and received an answer. There are several truths to be gleaned from this interesting man. First, scripture tells us “Jabez was more honorable than his brothers; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, ‘Because I bore him in pain‘ “ (1 Chr. 4:9 ESV). The name Jabez means sorrow. With this name, he was doomed from birth to live a life of misery and failure.
We are also told that Jabez was more honorable than all of his brothers, contrary to his parents’ expectations. Verse 10 gives us the secret to his honor and success. He sought the Lord in prayer. He cried out to God and “God granted what he asked”!
Jabez’ story is still breathing hope in God for all of us today. You might have been born into a family or nation that doomed you to failure. Maybe you have a condition with symptoms that forecast a life of misery. With God, Jabez turned his sorrow into joy. Today, Jebez’s story tells you that “with God, nothing shall be impossible”! Every situation can be changed when God is involved.
What do you think prompted Jabez to pray that prayer? Did he cry out to God in an entanglement of sorrow?
APPLY THE WORD
How can you apply Jabez’s story to your life? Is there a pattern in your life that needs to be broken?
Pray and ask the Father to grant you the grace to seek Him, like Jabez did, until the circumstances of your life turn around.
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