I was reading the biography of Jabez this morning. His whole life is told in just two verses, but what an insightful snapshot we get.
Here’s the part that stood out to me today: Jabez means one who causes pain or causes others to grieve. How would you like to go through life with a name like that? The Bible doesn’t give us the details as to why his mother gave him this name, but he seemed stuck with it. Everywhere he went throughout his life, people said,
“Hey, here comes Pain-In-The-Neck!” or
“You remind me of something bad!” or even
“Why don’t you do us all a favor and leave!”
Jabez wanted a name change, and God granted his request.
- Do you want a name change?
- Have people called you something unpleasant your whole life?
- Do you beat yourself up with bad names (“I’m so stupid / forgetful / addicted!”)?
You can try to run from your reputation … you can try to change the way you think … you can try to act differently to see if people will treat you differently …
…Or you can ask God to change your name. God is in the name-changing business. And when He changes your name, it’s so much more powerful than when you try to do it.
When the Bible says, “Jabez cried out to God,” the root word means to encounter. Jabez encountered God. Jabez went face-to-face with God, and God granted his request.
If you want a new name, a new reputation, a new outlook, get face-to-face with God and He WILL grant your request.
I’m praying for your encounter with God!