A short devotional on 1 Chronicles 4:9,10. For more ways to connect visit UmpquaConnect.org.
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 Monday, October 5, 2020
Yesterday we started a four part series on the Prayer of Jabez. His mother names him "pain". Not a name of great destiny, but he becomes notable because he cries out to God.
After asking God to bless him a lot, he then asks another bold request. "God, enlarge my territory."
Up until a few hundred years ago, most of the world farmed for a living. Land means you can grow stuff, or have pasture for flocks and herds, which means more opportunity. It isn't automatic wealth and prosperity, but it is opportunity to be wealthy and have influence in society.
So this man with the name of Pain, asks God for more land.
Again, it seems like a selfish prayer. Jabez is asking for more power and influence in the world, or at least the opportunity to build it. And God grants His request.
The Christian journey doesn't always mean a life of poverty. Often God uses people with influence and means to do His work. He gives them territory. He gives them influence to do good in the world.
More influence and power can go both ways You can use it for good or bad. But for Jabez God granted his request. God said, "Yes, I'm going to give you more territory."
But there is a reason God said "Yes" to Jabez. But you will have to tune in tomorrow for the rest of the story.
9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez,[c] saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” 10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! . . . And God answered his request.
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May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow