Date: March 31, 2019
Bible Text: Genesis 32:22-32, | Dale Freed
Jabez was named by his mother, something that normally didn't happen in Jewish culture. Likely his father was gone (left or died) and unable to name him or bless him. Jabez was miserable and in pain. As a general truth, hurting people hurt people, and Jabez had been deeply hurt. He cries out in desperation to the God of Israel (Jacob). Jacob grew up in a dysfunctional home (favoritism, lying & hatred). Jacob always took matters into his own hands until he wrestled with God (Genesis 32:22-32). In the wrestling, God made him face his pain and blessed him with a new name (Israel). Jabez prayed for a seemingly impossible blessing from God. Jabez wanted God's hand on him like a body guard. He prayed for the pain in his life to be removed. God granted that request. For us, when our wounds are healed we still remember them, but they don't hurt any more!