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Today, I thought I’d share a short piece I did on the bible character, Jabez. His story is found in 1 Chronicles 4: 9-10.
Be blessed 🙂
Jabez : The man who refused to let his past dictate his future.
Jabez was a man from the lineage of Judah. His life story was recorded in 2 verses! We don’t not know much about him except for the fact that his mother named him ‘sorrow’, as he was born in pain. Perhaps his father died before he was born or maybe his mother went through a difficult or agonizing labor, we don’t know. His story was right in the middle of the bible recounting the lineage of Judah. To be honest, I have read that chapter over and over and I still can’t see any mention of who his parents or brothers were . Let’s read his story in 1Chron 4:9-10
“Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested”. (I Chronicles 4:9, 10 NKJV)
First thing I noticed about Jabez was that the writer of chronicles said he was an honorable man above his siblings. One can infer from that statement that Jabez must have been a man of uprightness, who did the right things including following the laws of Moses, a man who knew God and walked in His ways. Perhaps the pain and the issues surrounding his life made him different and drew him closer to God. Friends, don’t let your pain draw you away from God, rather let them draw you closer to Him.
Prior to the prayer, we find that Jabez was a man of sorrow and great pain. Imagine every time people called his name, they were calling sorrow. Wherever he went people must have been looking at him funny, probably trying to understand why someone would be named Sorrow, but Jabez refused to let his past dictate his future. He knew there was One he could call who has the power to turn his situation around; turn his sorrow to joy; turn his disappointment to divine appointment: he called on his God – Yahweh! I don’t know what name they have given you, or what has transpired in your past, but I want you to learn from Jabez and turn the situation to the One who holds all power in His hands: the One who specializes in turning around impossible situations. I can’t promise you that the situation will change instantly but one thing I can guarantee you is assurance of His presence, peace and joy, even in the midst of the storm; and the knowledge that the Almighty God has your back and He has good plans for you.
So Jabez cried to God. He called on God to bless him and keep him from harm that it won’t cause him pain. Basically, He was asking God to change his situation. One thing I want you to pick from this is that Jabez definitely prayed this prayer in faith. He must have believed that God was able to do that which he requested of Him and I believe it was his faith that got him God’s attention and mercy.
Today lets turn to God in faith. Don’t let your past determine your future. Having a bad start in life doesn’t mean the rest of your life has to be bad. Jabez also had a bad start but he had a good ending. God is offering you a new start today. He is inviting you to let him handle the past for you. It’s not yours to deal with, it’s His. Give it over to God so you can enjoy the abundant life God has to offer you. It’s the intention of the enemy to cheat you from the good life that God has for you, so why give him that joy? Let God in and I can assure you that you won’t regret your decision.
Have a blessed day 🙂
***With God all things are possible***