Updated: Jun 5, 2020
1 Chronicles 4:10 ESV
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.
There are only two verses dedicated to this intriguing bible character, Jabez. The context of his birth was one of pain, and his name carries a similar sound to the Hebrew word for pain. It seems as if this was a label that he wanted to cast off. Indeed, he managed just that and his name is now forever synonymous with a distinctly different quality; blessing.
There are four distinct things that Jabez requests from the Lord:
1. Blessing from the Lord for himself.
2. Increase in his territory.
3. For the hand of God to be upon him.
4. Protection from harm and therefore deliverance from pain.
Perhaps the best part of the story is the last statement; ‘And God granted what he asked’. It’s so simple that it’s brilliant! I think that here we have the perfect example of what Jesus said in Matthew 7:7; ‘Ask, and it will be given to you’.
So, today the challenge is this; why don’t you try it? Why don’t you pray down the list for yourself? You don’t need to increase your words to make God respond. You don’t need to use frilly language to add some sort of weight to what you are saying. Keep it simple. Be like Jabez and simply call upon God. Express your heart without fear, self righteousness, or false humility. Then listen to what He says in response. You’ll find that he’ll grant your request. By believing that, you will start to walk in alignment with that positive response from God and your life will begin to show evidence of the granted request.
Have I allowed a negative label to be placed upon me? Does this label form the framework of my thinking and ambition? Can I cast it off and ask God for something greater? Can I believe that blessing is not just for certain other people, but is in fact for me? Can I believe for abundant blessing to be my portion from the Lord?
Lord Jesus, I ask you to Bless me. Lord, give increase to my life. Lord, let your hand be upon me. Lord, may I be protected from harm and pain. Thank you, Lord, thank you.