I made use of the above title because it’s my favorite word for the week (and maybe the rest of my life, for that matter.)
Last week, I came across a song entitled Song of Jabez (sung by According to John) I remembered not so long ago, this passage from 1 Chronicles 4: 9-10 was an instant hit. Sermons in churches were about it – there was even a book published on this. It mentions the following:
9 Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez,[a] saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” 10And 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.
Two things I saw here:
1. Jabez never lived up to his name.
It would be a great honor if you embody the characteristics attributed to you by your given name. But who would ever want to live carrying a name with a negative (or unusually bad) meaning? I don’t; and neither do Jabez. But he did not let his name hinder him from becoming a recipient of God’s promises. He turned it 180-degree and enjoyed the fullness of life he could ever imagine.
2. Jabez claimed and trusted what God has given (and what He could do more.)
He did not have any hesitations to come to God and gave his heart’s desires to the ever powerful Lord of all. Sometimes we are defeated by situations, but God’s promises are all laid for us already, and those are not for Him to not keep.
To end, here’s the song I was able to hear last week. My favorite word is here. Go listen and enjoy. 🙂