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 Wednesday, October 7, 2020.
We come to the last part of the prayer of Jabez.
The text notes that his mother named him "Jabez", which means "pain". Many Hebrew names had meanings, so that was not uncommon.
But imagine growing up with the name of "pain". You're a teenager and you meet a pretty girl. "Hey, what's your name?" she asks. 'Uh, Pain'. "Oh".
It is a label someone gave him that he had to grow up with.
So in this last request Jabez asks, God, keep me from evil so I will be free from pain. He is asking that God would free him from the labels others have put on him.
And God grants his request.
Perhaps you have been there. Maybe you have been labeled by someone who doesn't let you change?
What labels do you need freed from? Maybe others have told you who you are, and you believe them. At first you didn't, but as those around you reinforced who they thought you are, you start to believe it.
But God's not one to take other people's opinions. He does His own thing.
And He has a habit of changing circumstances of those who love Him. And leave your labels in the dust.
Are you ready to pray this bold prayer with Jabez?
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! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.
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May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow