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. 1 Chronicles 4:10 NKJV
Some of us were not raised in Christian homes. Our families did not teach us about Jesus. Jabez was raised among people that knew of God. There was something about Jabez that set him apart from his brothers and extended family members.
What set Jabez apart was a sincere desire to know God. He wanted to be blessed by the Lord for the purposes of God. Jabez had a burning desire to walk humbly and uprightly before the Lord. Jabez had the faith to ask for God’s blessing and the wisdom to know prosperity breeds temptation!
Jabez asked God to place limits on his authority. He called on God to take control of his life so he could serve the Lord. He asked God to be his Lord in all ways at all times!
There was a time when Christians all over the world were reading books on the prayer of Jabez. People were reciting the prayer of Jabez as if it was a magic formula that would move God’s heart. I had a copy of it in my office.
The Lord delivered me from the trials and temptations of living for the almighty dollar. He brought me to a place of greater dependency on Him. What did I learn? There is no magic formula that moves God to bless us.
Gold old does not always glitter. Everything that glitters is not of God.
God is able to bless us in the midst of trial and hardship. He is able to bless us in the midst of financial crisis and collapse. The God of Abraham Isaac Jacob and Jabez can bless us in ways we can’t see with our eyes!
Jabez is a good example of the attitude God wants us to have today. Jesus wants us to look to Him to bless our lives. He wants us to remember prosperity can bring temptation. Jesus wants to be our Lord in all things at all times!
It was God who gave Jabez the heart to be more honorable than his brothers. He was more honorable than his brothers because he desired God’s will for his life!
If you desire God’s will for your life you have the same honorable heart Jabez had. It does not matter if you come from a long life of faithful Christians or if you are the first follower of Jesus in your family.
God will bless you in ways you cannot imagine if you honor Him with your life. The Lord will use you to bless other people if you trust Him with your life. God will grant your request if you call on Him to keep you from evil!
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