2018-07-23 - What Would Jabez Say?
“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.” (1 Chronicles 4:10 NIV)
I wanted something better for myself, and asked God to bless me and be free from pain. Why suffer, when you don't have to, right? I sought the One who could make my dreams a reality. I didn’t have to settle for a mediocre existence, not when God is able to change things. I asked God to enlarge my territory, be kept from evil despite my namesake (which means pain), and for the Lord’s presence in my life. Surely, these requests wouldn't be too difficult for the Creator. The Lord didn’t disappoint. He granted me everything.. What an amazing God we have!
Lord, Thank You for creating me on purpose. You have designed me like no other. Reveal to me the type of person I am to be. Squelch any doubts that want to discourage me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.