14th January 2019

My Name is Pain!

“Jabez was more honourable 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 (NKJV)

What was it about Jabez that made him stand out in this chapter of 1 Chronicles? Of all the People mentioned in the genealogy, Jabez is the focus. We see the name of Jabez mentioned only once in Scripture, and his name is captivating—why? Yes, of course, one word that captures our attention is his very name, which means pain, as given to him by his mother because she gave birth to him in pain.

But the word that should grab our attention is in verse 9: “Jabez was more honourable than his brothers.” HONOURABLE! This suggests to me that perhaps his brothers were the opposite of being honourable. Because Jabez was an honourable man, God listened to him and answered his request. Someone who is honourable is not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive; showing or characterized by honour and integrity; having the moral courage to stand alone.

God will answer the prayers of those who honour Him, but not always with a yes. God granted Jabez’ request. Why? Because Jabez honoured God. God wants all His children to honour Him, not just pretend to. Jesus said in John 8:54, “If I honour myself, my honour is nothing. It is my Father who honours me” Later on in John 12:26 he continues showing how we become honourable, saying, “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves [honours] Me, him My Father will HONOUR.”

Eternal God, we thank you for hearing our prayers. We seek to be honourable and to honour you with a sincere heart in Jesus’ name.

Study by Dennis Payne

About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of the Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: london@gracecom.church

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