betz (Jabez) was honored more than his brothers; his mother called him Yabetz, she explained, because I bore him in pain [Hebrew:`otzev].”
1 Chronicles 4:9 CJB
As we go through 1 Chronicles we read these genealogies and see just a list of names for the most part till we get to Jabez! His name means sorrow, don’t really know why he is named that. Maybe his mom had severe labor pain or he has a physical deformity, we just don’t know! What we do know is he is a man wanting to serve God!
“Ya`betz called on the God of Israel: Please bless me by enlarging my territory. May your hand be with me! Keep me from harm, so that it will not cause me pain [Hebrew: atzbi]. God granted his request.”
1 Chronicles 4:10 CJB
I believe the reason God grants these things is because Jabez was praying inside the will of God and that he was going to use these blessings to glorify God!
“Proclaim with me the greatness of Adonai; let us exalt His name together.”
Psalm 34:3 CJB
Today, let’s use what Adonai has given us to expand His boundaries and exalt His name in the world around us!
Have a blessed day in Him!