Who was Jabez?

There is very little information in the Bible about Jabez.  The Bible tells us in verse 9, that he was more honorable than his brothers and that he was born in pain.   It was because he was born in pain that his mother chose the name Jabez.   The name Jabez means sorrow or sorrowful in Hebrew.

Some Bible scholars speculate that Jabez was a righteous, respected man – perhaps a scribe.  These scholars believe that there was even a town named for him.  So, Jabez not only had a town named for him – he made it into the Bible!  Lots of people have towns named for them but to be so important – so outstanding in your community – that you are mentioned in the Bible!  Jabez was a special man indeed.

Jabez’s prayer is powerful.  One verse that says so much – it encompasses every portion of our lives: blessings, guidance, protection. Jabez asks God for exactly what he wants and needs: blessings – but not just plain, ordinary blessings – Jabez asks for blessings indeed.

It is my belief that blessings indeed means the kind of blessings described in Luke 6:38 – Give, and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

For example, all you people who bake – when you measure flour for a recipe, you sift the flour, tamp it down, and add more if it is not to the measurement you need.  God fills our cups with blessings that overflow – never ending blessings that continue spilling  over into every aspect of our lives.

Because I have sciatica, I count it a blessing indeed every day that I do not have pain, that I can walk – even with my cane.

Would you post a blessing that God has granted to you?

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