Jabez was honorable above his brothers; but his mother named him Jabez [sorrow maker], saying, Because I bore him in pain. Jabez cried to the God of Israel, saying, Oh, that You would bless me and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and You would keep me from evil so it might not hurt me! And God granted his request.” 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 AMPC
Jabez asked God’s hand to be with him. He did not just asked for God to bless him but asked God’s hand.
The question is why did Jabez asked for God’s hand?
One of the significance of God’s hand in this text is directions or guidance. Most of the time we want the blessing, but we don’t want God to help us carry the blessings or guide us through the blessing. For this reason many have lost what they received from the Lord.
We are stewards of what God gives to us, but God is the source. His guiding hand with us and in us right now is the Holy Spirit. It’s is very expedient that we understands the role of the Holy Spirit as our divine help in fulfilling God’s Mandate for our lives.
But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]. He will honor and glorify Me, because He will take of (receive, draw upon) what is Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you.” John 16:13-14 AMPC
That is why we must cherish the presence of the in dwelling Spirit of Christ with and in us and also commune with Him before making any decision in our lives. And ask His guidance daily.
I pray that the Holy Spirit will guide you and help you handle what God has entrusted to you in Jesus name.
Let’s pray together:
Heavenly Father, I thank for Your Word. Help me to always make the right decision in every circumstances that I face in this life in Jesus name. Amen