Scripture Reading: Mark 10:47-50
In 1 Chronicles 4:9 the Scripture says, “And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, because I bear him with sorrow.” Beloved consider the negative implication of the name of Jabez. Imagine how much setback he would suffer bearing the name Jabez. His mother was not conscious of the implication of such a name to his destiny. However, the Scripture also records that despite his ‘evil’ name he was more honourable than his brethren. This is to say that Jabez was a righteous man and feared God. Jabez knowing his God and enjoying very sweet relationship with him prayed and God heard him. Though his early life was full of misery, God, who loves His own dearly turned his misery to miracle.
Today therefore the Holy Spirit highlights to us some major landmarks in the life and prayer of Jabez. The Scripture started by describing him as an honourable man; more than his brothers. This is significant as it showed that he was a man of integrity who feared and walked with the Lord. In fact, he was a friend of Jesus Christ. Can this be said of you? This recommendation is very necessary for all believers as it is the only platform on which they can stand to seek God’s face. In prayer, Jabez made four requests: First, “Oh that you may bless me” (v.10a). To bless means to ask for God’s favour. Every believer needs God’s favour or blessing upon all that he or she does, says or thinks. And if we do not have this blessing, then we are spinning our wheels and wasting our time. Dear friend in Christ, we must earnestly, and on daily basis ask for God’s blessings because on our own we can do nothing. Man has no capacity to provide anything for his wellbeing unless approved and given by God Almighty. In fact, without His blessings, whatever we do, say or think eventually amount to naught. No wonder, in the wisdom of the church, part of the prayers during consecration by the Priest is “Bless this gift…” This means that without His blessing, the bread and wine remain ordinary. This therefore, is the first important step for the transubstantiation of bread and wine into the true Body and Blood of Jesus to take place.
In our scripture reading, the blind Bartimaeus said to Jesus, in a tone that commands attention: “Jesus! Son of David! Take pity on me!” (Verse 47), Just like Jabez, He sought the favour and blessings of Jesus pleadingly, with total surrender and expectation. Of course, Jesus heard him, responded to his plea and made him whole. Today, Jesus assures us in the power of His Spirit of blessings and favour that will overwhelm and cause us to give praise to His Father in heaven.
To be continued tomorrow.
- Take any worship song that glorifies the name of God.
- Lord, I proclaim that you are the source of all blessings command your blessing upon my life in Jesus name.
- According to James 1:17, you are the Father of light and all good gifts come from you. Release O Lord your gift into my life (Take seriously).
- Lord, grant me the grace to live an honourable life, so that I can always be a blessing to you and my neighbours in Jesus name.
- According to Genesis49:22, let me be a fruitful bough whose branches run over the wall in Jesus name.
Exercise: Repeat 21 times, “Lord bless my substance and the works of my hand” (Deuteronomy 33:13)
Memory Verse: Deuteronomy. 33:13