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How To Live Like Jabez

We have all probably heard about Jabez.  At least those of us who live in the church world do.  Many others do too since the book, The Prayer Of Jabez, was popular a dozen years ago or so.

While many of us might debate the theology of that little book so many of us read, we can learn some basic things about how to live a godly life from Jabez.  Let’s take a look.

First, Jabez was honorable.  More honorable than his brothers.  We don’t know what his brothers were like.  We don’t know if they were just normal honorable or not honorable at all.  Whatever level of honor they held, Jabez took it to another one.  I tend to think Jabez’s honor was out the roof.  If he wasn’t, he wouldn’t have this little section of scripture detailing his life.

Next, Jabez had a handicap that he overcame.  His mother said he was a pain.  She bore him with pain.  The pain was so bad that she passed it along with him.  How would you like to go around telling everyone that you are a pain?  Many of us do through our actions.  Jabez did every time he introduced himself to someone.

Jabez wasn’t afraid to ask God to bless him.  So many of us won’t go to the Lord with things that we want or need, thinking they are too small to bother God with.  Instead, God welcomes this and Jabez rises to the challenge.  He doesn’t shortchange his prayer.  He asks God to bless him.  When have you simply asked God to bless you?

Jabez has an expansionist mindset.  Many think that what they have been given is enough.  They focus inward and don’t try to grow what the Lord has blessed them with.  Too many are like the guy who hid his talent, not taking a risk so as not to lose what truly belongs to God.  Instead, Jabez is like those who grow their talents.  He is looking outward, seeking for the Lord to expand his territory.

Jabez then invites God to be involved in his life.  He asks that God’s hand be with him.  He wants the Lord to guide his steps and lead his life.  He wants God’s strength to be his strength.  He doesn’t expect God to just show up.  He opens the door for Him prior to His arrival.

Finally, Jabez seeks a healthy life from the Lord.  We know from reading Job that this doesn’t always happen.  God could allow something to happen in life in  order to grow us.  What Jabez shows us is that, despite all of this, that we should go to the Lord and seek a healthy life.

I don’t think we should pray this prayer over and over in the hopes that we will be blessed like Jabez.  Instead, this prayer should be more of an attitude and philosophy of life.  We should attack life like Jabez did, seeking God to be involved in every aspect of our lives.

Have you ever read The Prayer of Jabez?  What have you learned from this little prayer tucked away in the Bible?

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  1. September 17, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Love Jabez’s prayer and the book.

  2. September 17, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Yes I read it years ago. I shuffled it aside as another “here is now to get ahead” book. On the side: my wife says I am a pain in the neck. Reckon that means I have something in common with Jabez.

    • September 19, 2014 at 5:30 am

      We have something in common as well there, Bill.

  3. September 17, 2014 at 9:55 am

    thank you– what does it really mean to have an expansionist mindset?

    What Is the difference between contentment and complacency?

    • September 19, 2014 at 5:30 am

      Great question. I’ll let you know when I get a grasp on that. 🙂

  4. skacyoung
    September 17, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I did read it years ago and need to reread it as it is a short read. Do you know how many times I wrestle with a decision and “forget” to go to God first.I need to seek God in each and everything I do and leave the results to Him. Sometimes I am a spiritual knucklehead.

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