Now typically genealogy seems a bit boring. Especially if it isn’t your own bloodline. There are nine chapters taking up residence in 1 Chronicles when boom all of a sudden hidden treasure breaks out. Hidden Treasure? Yes. It is a small part but a powerful blessing. I have mentioned this guy before in a recent post. Maybe it is just because it jumped off of the page for me so much.
Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, his mother called his name Jabez saying “Because I bore him in pain.” And Jabez called on the God of Isreal 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.
Isn’t it so intriguing that the writer of this passage chose to stop, change things up for a minute, and then go back to the previous listing of the genealogy.
“Instead of standing near the river’s edge, asking for a cup of water to get you through each day, you’ll do something unthinkable-you will take the little prayer with the giant prize and jump into the river!”
– Bruce Wilkinson
I believe that the most divine thing you can do is simply leave out all the fluff of asking for basic needs in your prayers. Worship God with your life, with the way your treat others. Ask for forgiveness if you mess up. Try not to do it again. But approach the throne of grace with boldness (Hebrews 4:16) and a say Oh Lord would you bless me indeed!
May you be blessed encouraged today.
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