Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

answered prayer

I was talking with someone the other day about the books of the Bible and how some are easier to read and understand than others.  We talked a bit about all of the genealogy.    We talked of the various dimensions that are listed. Cubic feet are pretty popular.

The outcome —-  God cares about people and He is into details.

The first nine chapters of 1 Chronicles is full of the official family tree.  They didn’t  need Ancestry.com to find out who was a descendant of whom.

Chapter 4 — 44 names into the chapter there is a little change.  We find two verses tucked in that give a great insight to prayers God answers.

Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother named him Jabez saying, “Because I bore him with pain.”  Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested.” 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 (NASB)

Jabez was an honorable man.   This is important and should not be overlooked.  In the day in which we live, integrity seems to be a rare quality.

Is integrity a word that would be used to describe you?

Jabez came into this world causing pain.   He prayed an unusual prayer.  He ended well.

  • “bless me”  — Notice Jabez left it up to God as to the what, where, when and how his blessings would come.

When was the last time you asked God to bless you?

Sadly too many people have a distorted view of who God is and what God is desiring to do in and through them that they neglect to ask for God’s blessing.   Way back in Genesis God tells Abram “.. I will bless you, And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;”  Genesis 12:3   Again, we leave the details to God and we remember why we are blessed —  to be a blessing.  Another thing I often pray for is favor. 

  • “enlarge my border  –  Jabez was asking God to give him increase.  He was not looking for a get rich quick scheme nor should we.  To whom much is given, much will be expected.  (Luke 12:48)

When was the last time you asked God to enlarge your life so that you could make a greater impact for Him?

  • “Your hand might be with me.”  – He recognized that he was dependent upon God.

Does the truth of John 15:5 resonate with you? (NKJV)   “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

In our weakness Jesus is strong.  (2 Corinthians 12:9)

  • keep me from harm that it may not pain me”   –Jabez did not want to cause pain to God or to others, nor did he want to live a life of pain.  (Remember the meaning of his name.)  He did not want to be a man of sorrow.
  •  other translations use the word evil instead of harm.  This ties in with  Isaiah 1:16-17  “….. cease to do evil, learn to do good…..”  or Matthew 6:13  “…. deliver us from evil….”    Jabez  recognized that the outcome of evil/harm is pain.

What do your choices say about you?  Does your treatment of others bring pain?  Is your life filled with drama due to choices you are making?

Lastly we see that

  • “God granted him what he requested.”  –   It doesn’t give us details.   Remember Jabez left all of that up to God.

What is God wanting to do in and through you?

til next time

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July 20, 2015 - Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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