Wednesday, February 15, 2017

JABEZ 1 Chronicles 4:9,10

1 Chronicles 4:9,10
And Jabez was more honorable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bear him with sorrow. 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!
This verse is one of the many little jewels which God has cast into the oft-avoided book of Chronicles to reward those who diligently search His word.
What was the “sorrow” which beset the mother of Jabez that she should give him a name which means “desert”or “dry place”? Was it the physical pain of childbirth? Was it sorrow at having to care for another child when, as she supposed, she already had sufficient children? Or was there a death in the family when this son was born? We do not know! But, as is always the case under grace, the last became first! This “desert” one, Jabez, became the well watered soul, the “more honorable” one; a man of prayer that desired spiritual gifts and eschewed evil. A man who could move heaven by his petitions so that “God granted him that which he requested”!
Is it not often the same with us? These things which we count “sorrow”... do they not often become the lustrous jewels of His grace? Considering Romans 8:28, let us be slow in calling our pilgrimage experiences “Jabez,” for grace will yet cause our “desert” to “blossom as the rose”!
When trouble, like a gloomy cloud,
Has gathered thick and thundered loud,
He near my soul has always stood...
His loving-kindness, Oh how good!
Suggested Scripture Reading: Genesis 39:20,23

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