Tuesday, January 13, 2009
God granted his Request!
1Ch 4:9 And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow.
1Ch 4:10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep [me] from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.
About 10 years ago, it seemed that this prayer was everywhere. You couldn't go to Wal-Mart, much less a Christian bookstore, without seeing it on books, Bible Studies, Coffee Mugs, Sweatshirts, Tee Shirts, plaques, and anything else imaginable. It was so popular, and everyone it seemed was praying it.
Well, have we forgotten it? Jabez, whose name means, "One who causes pain," called on the God of Israel, and God granted him what he requested. That seems so trite, yet it is so monumental. The fact still remains that we have not because we ask not.
We aren't blessed, because we think it would be selfish to ask God to bless us. We don't have new coverts and ministry opportunities, because we don't ask God to give them to us. We've been beaten down into thinking that only pious and self-centered Christians want bigger churches and more people. Now, if that is the sole motive, just to have a bigger name or bigger church to look good in front of people, then we've used up the reward here on earth. However, if your heart is pure, and you genuinely want to do more and reach more for God's glory and God's Kingdom, God wants to bless you in that way! WE HAVE NOT BECAUSE WE ASK NOT!!!
Furthermore, God has promised to be with us when we're fulfilling the Great Commission. He's promised to fill us with the power of the Holy Spirit; and He's promised to keep us from harm, when we're in the center of His will. So why not ask. Jabez was bold enough to ask; and as a result, he went from pain to gain, from expense to expanse, and from harm to Hallelujah! God delights in you! He wants to bless you and raise you up as a mighty conqueror. He wants to give you victory after victory for His glory! Just Ask, and see what God will do!