There is no shame in calling upon the Lord. Instead we may be shamed if we do not.
Today’s reading: 1 Chronicles 3-5.
Jabez has gotten a lot of attention through the years, and it’s no wonder. Smack dab in the middle of a long genealogical list, without mention of mother or father, God drags him center stage and shows him off like a proud papa.
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” 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. 1 Chronicles 4:9-10
The word translated honorable also means that he was more significant, weighty, glorious, or influential than his kin. But why? God said so, but he didn’t explain directly. Here are some possibilities:
- He was a praying…
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