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1 Chronicles 4:9- Story of Jabez
1 Chronicles 4:9- Story of Jabez
(9) And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. Jabez: that is, Sorrowful
(10) And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.
Jabez was given his name because of the sorrow he caused his mother. Sometimes we are called names by people as a limitation to tell us we cant...we won't....we will never be able.... but I want to tell you that no matter what people call you, think about you. What matters is the relationship that you have with God.
A right relationship with God has several benefits:
-Comfort: The bible says in St. John, that when Christ left this earth he sent the comforter, that would dwell with us forever.
-Peace: In a world so troubled, we can rest assured that whatever we face or go through is the will of God or else it would not happen.
-Joy: there is a immeasurable amount of joy faced by believers when they are baptized by the Holy Spirit, you will fins that you are able to face life's difficulties with a smile on your face. From time to time you may find yourself unhappy but joy is unlimited and does not change, is constant and can be connected or activated at any time. One the believer enters into communication with God, whether by worship or just prayer....the joy is reactivated.
- There are many other benefits that a right relationship with God gives*
So...Jabez went to God, having a right relationship to begin with as we see in verse 9 that Jabez was honorable, even more so that his brethren. Who are you today? Are you being who God created to you be? Can God speak highly of you as He did for Job?
Today, we live in a world where we are so bombarded with an ever overflowing to do list, but I implore you find time for prayer. Find time to communicate with God, Philippians 4:6, "Be careful for nothing but in all things through prayer, supplication with thanksgiving make your request known unto God" Prayer is an essentially form communication between worshiper and God. It allows you to bear your nakedness in front of your master, talk to him and he will talk back to you.
Another thing, read your Bible...as often as you can. Through the words of the Bible we get direct words for our everyday life. As you read the word of God, you store scriptures in your memory bank for later. When the time is right God will quicken your heart, bringing back to your remembrance a particular scripture to encourage you on your walk of faith or to confirm or deter you from something...i.e his way to direct and order your steps.
I end with this....many people say these days that God does not speak. DO WE LISTEN? God talks through nature, His word (John 1:1) "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" It is the plan of the enemy to keep the people of God weak and distracted. Stay in the word of God, read it meditate on it and speak to God so he can speak to you and like Jabez, despite who you are or the lack there of, your God will turn it around in your favor.
Yanique Moodie-"The change I want to see....my first begin in me"