“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
Jabez was born in pain and his name signified that pain. Everytime someone called his name, his origin was reinforced as a source of pain and sorrow. I’m certain this must have marked him and affected everything he did. One day, he got fed up and asked God for a big change. Guess what? God granted him that request.
Imagine this scenario instead: Jabez asking God to make his pain more comfortable and people should go easy on him. Do you know that’s what he would have got? More comfort but the pain would still be there.
Most of us ask God for things like slaves and not sons! We ask God to ease our pain instead of daring to ask Him not just to remove the pain and sorrow but to enlarge us beyond human understanding and make us the one that eases the pain of others. We are just too afraid to ask God!
. Don’t be deterred by what people or the devil are saying. God wants us to place a demand on His unending power!
“I am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.”
Psalms 81:10 NKJV
God bless you.