• William T. Howe Ph.D.

May 1, 2021

Daily Reading: I Chronicles 3-5

I Chronicles 4:10 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.

You've heard of the prayer of Jabez, here it is. Mostly that which people remember about this man's prayer was the phrase enlarge my coast. But there is so much more that he asked for. As Paul Harvey would say, "And now, for the rest of the story."

The Word of God says clearly that Jabez was more honorable than his brethren (I Chronicles 4:9). Honorable men receive answers to honorable prayers. Jabez did. Not only did he pray for his coast to be increased, but he also asked the Lord for His blessings in his deeds, that His hand would be with him, and that the Lord would keep him from evil; ostensibly both his own evil (sin) and of others toward him. The Lord granted him that which he requested all of them. The blessing, the increase of his coast, the provision and protection of God's divine hand, and being kept from evil were all given to this honorable man.

How is your prayer life? Are you receiving answers? Is God granting your petitions? Have you even asked to be blessed in your deed? Have you asked for your coasts to be increased? Have you asked for His hand of provision and protection to be with you? Have you asked to be kept away from evil of any and all kind? Have you? James wrote: Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. (James 4:2) Just ask.

My son ask what thou wilt,

Thou cans't not be too bold.

For you, His own precious blood was spilt,

What else will He withhold?

Good question is it not? Good questions are they not? The prayer of Jabez was answered first and foremost because he prayed. The fact that he was more honorable didn't hurt either. What a combination; an honorable life coupled with prayer. Which reminds one of the old adage; "Work as though it is all up to you (honorable life) and pray as though it is all up to God."

Until tomorrow, pray to Christ today, and live honorably before him. I mean, what's wrong with trying to be the most honorable person around? Is there something wrong with that desire? We compete on the job, on the interstate, to make more money, to win at nonsensical games like golf, why not compete in the arena of honor? After all Romans 2:7 states...To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: Seeking for honor is to compete for honor. Oh, we could stay here a while, no doubt.

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