A short devotional on 1 Chronicles 4:9,10. Want to talk? Send an email to email@example.com
Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.
Today is Sunday, October 4, 2020
It is an obscure passage in the Book of Chronicles. Right in the middle of a boring list of genealogy, the author pauses, and tells us a little about one guy. A guy he says was "more honorable than his brothers."
His name is Jabez. He is notable because he prays a simple prayer, albeit a very bold prayer, and it says, "God answered his request." God answers. Even though his prayer seem outrageous.
Let's look at the first part today, and the others in the next three days.
1 Chronicles 4:9-10 says:
9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez (which means pain) saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” 10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me indeed.
In other words he is saying to God, "Bless me a lot!" Pour your blessings out on me.
It seems almost selfish. Bless me God.
But God answers Jabez's prayer. He does bless Him -- a lot.
And it makes me think, perhaps I am too timid in my prayers? Perhaps God wants to do more in my life if I would ask for more. I try to pray selfless prayers. I try to pray for others.
But maybe it is okay just to say to God. "God I want those blessings that only come from you. Pour them out on me. I want more of your blessing. God, please bless me a lot.
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez (which means pain) saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” 10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me indeed. . . and God granted his request.
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May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow