“Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, ‘I gave birth to him in pain.’ Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.’ And God granted his request.” I Chronicles 4:9,10
Jabez was rejected by his mother and abandoned by his father. He was named by his mother Jabez which means, ‘son of sorrow and pain’. Jabez had a defining moment, he was ready for change. He chose to create his world and not assume his parents’ world by default.
He cried out to the Lord Almighty and found:
1) Love. The powerful love of God drives out fear, destroy generational curses, and forgives all sins for a new life in Christ.
2) Security. True security comes in knowing that your past is covered under the blood of Jesus; you are presently in His care and protection; and your future is in His hands.
3) Significance. He created a life of meaning and influence. A city, Jabez, was named in his honor.
4) Success. True success is to find the will of God for your life and then do it. Earthly success is temporary but success in God is eternal and with eternal rewards.
The result was that Jabez became more honorable than his brothers. “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” (Ps.34:8).
I am blessed and highly favored by the Lord God Almighty.
Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 5,6; Ephesians 1.