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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.And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.

It is not how you start, it is how you finish. Jabez did not have a good beginning: his name means sorrow. The name was given to him because his birth caused his mother pain. The scripture said his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. For a season he lived out what his name meant and would have likely not only caused sorrow for himself, but also for those who were around him. The only good thing that Jabez had going for him was that “he was more honourable than his brethren”. That was so because he gave greater attention to Honouring God than those around him. By being more honourable than his brethren he possessed the major ingredient needed for him to finish strong.  Therefore, when out of his sorrow he asked the Lord to bless him and enlarge his territory, “God granted him that which he requested”.

Your latter years can be greater than the former, but are you doing what it takes to finish strong? There are two factors that accounted for Jabez finishing strong. First, he learnt to honor God amidst his difficult circumstances. Never tell yourself that when things get better you will honour God, do what it takes to honor him now; that is what Jabez did.

 The second factor that contributed to Jabez finishing strong was that he invited God’s involvement in his situation. The scripture said that Jabez called on the God of Israel. There were four specific things that he asked God for: to bless him, enlarge his territory, be with him and, to keep him from evil or setbacks so that he would no longer be grieved. It was then that God turned his situation around.

It is not too late for your personal situation to be turned around. You too can finish strong.

Life Application: Finish strong by making it a habit to honor God despite your circumstances and invite God to be actively involved in your situation.

Prayer: Lord, thank you that your ways are not my ways. I thank you that even though things may have started differently for me, it does not have to be my future. Like Jabez, I pray that you would bless me indeed and enlarge my territory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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