1 Chronicles 4:9-10 And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow.
We all want the blessings but are we willing to do what it takes to get it. Jabez did what it took. . The prayer of Jabez is frequently referenced when he asked God to bless him and enlarge his territory in 1 Chronicles 4:9-10. The scripture records that God granted him this request. But it is important to note that it was more than that prayer that allowed him to take hold of the blessings. The story of Jabez started with the phrase “Jabez was more honourable than his brethren.” Why was that so important to mention? The scripture wanted to highlight that honouring God was an important ingredient in the request that he made being granted. He had to do more than pray.
It was in God’s heart to bless Jabez, but he had to do more than just pray, he had to honour God. Similarly, it is His desire to grant you his blessings but you have to use the same key that Jabez used. Bear in mind that the name of Jabez meant sorrow. So his early days were not pleasant, they were sad and depressing. But in the midst of his distressing circumstances, he made honouring God his first decision and placed himself in a position of favour with God.
You need favour with God to unlock your blessings and step into victory territory. The blessings of God on your life is your birthright, unlike Esau, refuse to give it up for something that is less important.
Life Application: Make His word the apple of your eye or more important anything else in your world
Prayer: Dear Lord, I honour you with all that I am and have. I receive your blessings in my life as I position myself to receive. Point out any area of my life that does not bring you honour and help me make the necessary changes. In Jesus name, amen.