July 7 Pain Gain

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1 Chronicles 4:5-5:17;  Acts 25:1-27;  Psalm 5:1-12;  Proverbs 18:19

“Jabez was more honorable than his brothers.  His mother had named him Jabez, saying ‘I gave birth to him in pain.’  Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory.  Let your hand be with me and keep me from harm, so that I will be free from pain.’  And God granted his request.”  1 Chronicles 4:9-10

What a pain! 

Jabez started off life amidst pain;  his name was a reminder of the pain he caused his mother.  Everyday he was reminded of pain whenever his name was called.

What a pain!

But Jabez broke the pain chain.  He sought the Lord!  Jabez looked up–he looked beyond the meaning of his name to his Creator–the one who gave him life.

Instead of letting the meaning of his name define his future he called upon the Lord.  He prayed for protection.

God heard and honored the prayer of Jabez.

God will hear our prayers too.   Our pain, circumstances, past failures, our very sinful natures need not define our future.  We were sent a Savior who lived up to His name.  His pain on the cross was our gain.  We can call out to God in faith and be kept from harm–and have peace rather than pain.

Lord God, thank you for hearing our prayers–for saving us from eternal pain through Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross.  Thank you for enlarging our territory which extends now to the heavens.  For where you are there we shall be too.  Praise your holy name!  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

“But let all who take refuge in you be glad;

let them ever sing for joy.

Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”  Psalm 5:11

 

Photo by Marion Trinidad

 

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