by Heather Tietz
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers: and his mother named him Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him with sorrow.” 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 evil, that it not be to my sorrow!” God granted him that which he requested.
1 Chronicles 4:9-10
Jabez began life as the underdog. His mother grieved his birth. She named him “Sorrow.” How much lower can you go? Yet, in spite of bad beginnings, Jabez lived an honorable life. Perhaps the reminder of where he began and the fear of where he was going, humbled him. Instead of suppressing him, his name drove him to desire more of life.
He did not want to be a person of sorrow. He knew he couldn’t rise out of this on his own. He called out to the Almighty, “Make me more than my name. Save me from the sorrow of poverty. Save me from the sorrow of evil. Save me from the sorrow of life without Your attentive hand. I don’t want to be whom everyone thinks I’m destined to be.” And God, like a Father, pleased to give good gifts to His children, answered him.
Jesus says to us in Luke 11:9 “I tell you, keep asking, and it will be given you. Keep seeking, and you will find. Keep knocking, and it will be opened to you.” Before jumping into your pursuits, bravely, proudly, perhaps foolishly, knock on the doors of Heaven like Jabez did, and request God’s help first. God’s blessing on your endeavors means success.