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July 20, 2022
Today’s reading: 1 Chronicles 4:9-10
Don’t let the past pull you down
We read in 1 Chronicles 4:9-10:
9 Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” 10 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 name Jabez means pain. In a culture where your name was seen as your lot in life, Jabez was born with a disadvantage. However, this didn’t stop him from doing God’s will in his life.
We see here that Jabez didn’t let his bad beginning determine his ending. Jabez’s prayer seems to be like a diamond among golds of genealogies. In the middle of all these names, his prayer stood out.
The writer of Chronicles took the time to record this prayer, which means it made a huge impact not just in the life of Jabez, but in the lives of those around him.
We can learn a lesson here. We must not let our bad experiences, past mistakes, or negative start to determine where we will end up in life. With God’s help, we can learn from our past and move forward with hope.
We may not have the best beginning, but we can have the best ending.
The choice is yours.
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