Jabez! Pain! Sorrow Bringer!
A small book called “The Prayer of Jabez” by Bruce Wilkinson took its rightful place as a number one seller several years ago. It brings one of the great truths of the Scripture to bear on the life of any reader who will take it to heart.
As I considered Jabez and the implications of the Lord making mention that he “was more honorable than his brethren,” I was impacted with the revelation of how God regards a heart felt prayer.
His prayer was simple, straight forward and powerful!
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! 1 Chronicles 4:10 (NKJV)
It challenged the stigma placed upon him by his mother and, no doubt, his peers that he was a “pain” and “one who causes sorrow.” His was a prayer that recognized the ability and willingness of God to bring forth a “new creature” altogether.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
All things become new! Abraham became Abram, Sarai became Sarah, Jacob became Israel and Simon became Peter! Name changing (character changing, nature changing, memorial changing, position changing) is what God does. Every changed person gets a name change.
. . . To him who overcomes I will give … a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it. Revelation 2:17 (KJV)
What’s Your Name!
Perhaps you’re one who has been stamped with a “name” that holds you back from coming into all that God has for you. Words spoken to you like, “You’re useless,” “loser,” “worthless,” or “You’re a pain” can leave a scar that affects all of your relationships. You find yourself falling back into a mold that someone else placed you in with their words or actions.
Name means character, nature, position, memorial.
Your name brings to mind all that you are. e.g. My name is George Stover. When people hear that name they will think good or bad of me by what their experience with, or knowledge of, me has memorialized in their minds. In other words, my reputation is tied to my name. People will relate to me according to their evaluation of my character and nature (name).
Let God change your name. Let Him write His Name upon you. Let Him make a new creation of you. Shake off the chains whose links are words spoken to your destruction. Pray the prayer of Jabez.
“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!”
You will get exactly what Jabez got. You never read of Jabez again. Could it be that God changed his name?
. . . So God granted him what he requested.
I believe so.