Today’s Scripture Reading: Ruth 4:13 through Ruth 4:22, 1 Chronicles 2:9 through 1 Chronicles 2:55, 1 Chronicles 4:1 through 1 Chronicles 4:23, 1 Samuel 1:1 through 1 Samuel 1:8
Talk about the icing on the cake, not only did Ruth get swept off her feet by her kinsman redeemer, she became the great-grandmother of King David AND Jesus Christ came through her lineage.
Let me say that again: WHO KNOWS, the plan God has for our lineage.
I’m speaking to myself here…
We spend our whole life looking for a way for God to use us when the greatest and most important thing we may ever do is bring the next generation into this world!
Sowing seeds of greatness into the next generation is every Christian’s calling!
I would love to stop here and tell you about my five children and twelve grandchildren + one on the way, but it would take more time than you have all week!
That’s not all, there are people who God has placed in my life, that aren’t part of my family that He has called me to sow seeds of greatness into their lives as well.
Speaking of lineages, we sure read some today. Did you notice the little nugget hidden in the midst of all the descendents?
There was a man named Jabez who was more honorable than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because his birth had been so painful. He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do and keep me from all trouble and pain!” And God granted him his request. –1 Chronicles 4: 9-10
…the sons of this one, the sons of that one…There was a man named Jabez…the sons of this one, the sons of that one…
Do you wonder why the story of Jabez was placed in the middle of this genealogy of the twelve tribes of Israel?
We could read Bruce Wilkinson’s best-selling book, The Prayer of Jabez, published in 2000 and get the scoop, but here’s what “I” think:
The Jabez “success story” reinforces the importance of the little window of time (stuffed between chronicles of genealogies) we’re here on this earth. It also shows us that no matter how painfully our lives begin or how insignificant they may seem in the big picture of life; God has a blessing and a purpose.
I know I’m reading things into this, but what if the reason Jabez’ birth was painful was because his Mom had him out-of-wedlock? Or maybe Jabez was a chronically ill child? Or maybe Jabez’ Mother died a pre-mature death because of the complications of childbirth?
Jabez could have missed God’s best because of his painful beginning; he could have blamed his mother, his God, his community or the government. But instead he boldly asked God to bless him.
Here are 3 things I learned from Jabez:
- Live an honorable life
- Pray to God
- Boldly ask God for His Best for our lives
Heavenly Father, oh that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do and keep me from all trouble and pain!
In Jesus Name, Amen and Amen!
©2013, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 1:9 through 1 Samuel 4:11