1 Chronicles 4:10 NKJV “And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “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!” So God granted him what he requested.”
The Bible in Ephesians 1:3 tags every believer in Christ as blessed. This means that they are empowered by God to live a life that is rich, superfluous and abundant. Though this is a spiritual reality, many Christians today are not enjoying this truth. Because of this, they wrongfully surmise that the blessings of God are spiritual, and they exclude any form of material benefit. God’s blessings are all inclusive; they are first spiritual, but we know from Hebrews 11:3 that spiritual things affect our material world.
Many are not experiencing the fullness of God’s blessing because they choose to remain comfortable where they are. Though they do not like their current condition, they are comfortable with it. The place of comfort is what you’re used to, it is what comes easy to you, and it is where you feel secure. Jabez was a man of sorrow and pain―that was the origin of his name (1 Chron.4:9) ―though he was an heir of the blessing of Abraham. But 1 Chronicle 4:10 records that he cried onto God “…bless me…enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me…” and that was a prayer God answered.
Jabez prayer was a cry for change. He must have understood from the law and prophets that the blessing of Abraham ought to be working in his life. His circumstances did not reflect the Abrahamic blessings, so he in the place of prayer sought for a change in the status quo. The charge for you is to leave what’s comfortable to you. You must continually progress. Never be comfortable with what’s average in your life. Your life begins to get more comfortable as you step out of your comfort zone.
Scriptures to Meditate: Isa.54:2-3, Gen.26:22, Exo.1:7, Num.13:30
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