A short account of Jabez’ prayer (1 Chronicles 4:9-10);
Jabez was a simple Bible personality-character-figure who made a simple prayer before the “Good” LORD Jesus Christ.
His name was an expression of a word with a negative bearing-meaning-connotation. His mother named him Jabez saying, “because I bear him with sorrow”.
Supposed a child had been born blind, do you think it would be appropriate-proper-suitable to give the same a/an alias-byname-sobriquet-cognomen-pet name-nickname “the blind”?
If someone who had been born was devastated-ruined-consumed by poliomyelitis, would it be nice to nickname the same as “the crippled”?
If the “Good” Lord Jesus Christ have gifted you with a son who is ladylike in movements and manners-mannerisms-behaviors-tendencies-gestures, don’t you ever call that child “homosexual”. Instead, always assert-declare-profess before his presence that he is masculine and not feminine.
Always tell him that he is a male and not a female. Always encourage-motivate-inspire him to behave as a boy and not as a girl. And leave all the results in the hands of Jesus by entrusting-consigning-committing your child to Him.
The “Good” Lord Jesus will do the rest and He will crown your Godly efforts with success (Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 37:4; 62:8)!
What we cannot handle, Jesus will manage best!!!
Naming a child in such a way that you attribute a negative meaning to his/her name can greatly affect his/her personality and character in a negative way.
It is often not good to attribute a negative connotation to a child’s name.
In the case of Jabez, he didn’t allow the negative meaning of his name to be a hurdle (sagabal), an obstruction (hadlang) and a/an impediment-hindrance-barrier from enjoying what is best from the LORD.
In fact, Jabez was more noble-outstanding-advantageous-honorable-excellent-admirable than his brothers!
Reason? Jabez may have been a Godly person, calling upon the God of Israel.
The God of Israel whom Jabez is praying to? The “Good” LORD Jesus Christ (Hebrews 11:24-26; 1 Corinthians 10:1-10; Nehemiah 9:1-38; Colossians 1:16-17; Isaiah 44:24; Hebrews 1:8-10; Exodus 3:2-21; John 8:56-58);
Jabez must have not known the God of Israel by the name “Jesus”, but more likely by the name “Yehoshua” or “Yeshua” (Exodus 15:2) or the “I AM THAT I AM” of Moses and the Israelites or “the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob or Israel” (Exodus 3:14-15).
The 4 simple prayers Jabez prayed to the God of his ancestors- Abraham, Isaac and Israel (Yeshua or “the I AM”):
1. Oh, that You would bless me indeed.
2. Oh, that You would enlarge my coast.
3. Oh, that Your hand might be with me.
4. Oh, that You would keep me from the evil, that it may not grieve me.
Note: Jabez raised 4 simple prayers to “the God of Israel” (Jesus), yet, simple as they are, still, very much valid concerns.
Who does not desire to be blessed/blest? Everyone in his/her right mind would desire blessings from God. Whether that be physical (health), spiritual (God’s presence, favor and approval), emotional (soundness in one’s being), financial (pecuniary-monetary-“pananalapi”), etc. (everything else not mentioned), blessings from Jesus are valid concerns of everyone.
It is not the will of the Lord Jesus for His children to live in poverty (Proverbs 10:22; 2 Corinthians 8:9) nor live in misery (John 10:10; Ecclesiastes 2:26). The “Good” Lord Jesus blesses His people in order to be a blessing to others.
The coast-seashore-shoreline (dalampasigan-baybayin-tabing dagat) is the usual extent-boundary-limit/ation of the flow of sea water or sea waves. In essence, Jabez was saying, “LORD God of Israel, enlarge my limitations, my capabilities. Give me more enablements.”
When Jabez said, “LORD, let Your hand be with me,” he was in effect saying, “LORD, lead-guide-direct me (Psalm 37:23; 23:3B; 16:11; Colossians 2:6).
Lastly, Jabez had to pray, “LORD, protect me always that I may be happy.”
Conclusion? God (the “Good” LORD Jesus Christ) granted the prayers of Jabez!