Are You a Pain in Somebody’s Toosh?

Today, I want to tell you about a person who was a pain. I don’t believe he wanted to be a pain, but people would not let him forget, so he took matters into his own hands. Our story is about Jabez, a little known relative of Judah, son of Jacob, and a great-great-grandson of Abraham. His story is found in the Old Testament in the book of 1 Chronicles 3:9-10. In the story, the mother of Jabez said giving birth to him was a pain. I am assuming from this statement that the pain she is referring to was almost more than she could bear and she must have reminded him of this when he was growing up because of a statement he made in his prayer to God near the end of his story. [1 Chronicles 3:9-10] verse (9) “Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” (10) And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that your hand would be with me, and that you would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.”

The mother of Jabez made sure he never forgot he caused her a great deal of pain. How do I know this is true? Because she named him Jabez which means ‘pain’; and which would serve as a constant reminder to him of the pain and suffering he had caused her during childbirth. Many people who read this story are known for something they did in their life that was no fault of their own. Something over which they had no control, and if they could they would have changed it just so the teasing and the taunting would have stopped. I can only imagine how Jabez must have been teased unmercifully by his brothers and their friends when he came near them. “Here comes Jabez; the pain.” His momma says, “He is a pain in the you know what.” And they would LOL, run away, shouting behind them, “Jabez is a pain in the toosh, Jabez is a pain in the toosh.” You know how children are. I am sure he grew sick and tired of constantly being reminded he was a pain. At some point in his young life he prayed and asked the God of Israel to help him prosper and grow so he could overcome his reputation and the name calling. God heard the prayer of Jabez and answered it. Jabez asked God to bless him by enlarging his territory or extending his property lines, to be with him and to keep him from evil so he wouldn’t be a pain to anyone ever again. The story tells us, “God granted him his request.”  

The jest of the story is this; it doesn’t matter what you may have been known as in the past or to whom or where you were born, or under what circumstances. You had no say in any of those matterss, they were beyond your control. But if you are serious about changing your reputation from whatever you are known for to being a blessing, God will not only hear your prayer, but he will grant you what you ask of Him. Jabez wanted to be known for something besides causing pain, and God made him into a blessing so he would be in a position to help people rather than cause them pain. This I have learned from experience… God will give us a better life if we are willing to forego our old life. But we have to forego all of it; we cannot cling to a portion of our old life and expect God to give us a new and better life. With God, it is all or nothing. Jabez called on the Lord to change him, and God did. God prospered him and extended his property lines just like he asked, and God protected him and kept him from evil, and Jabez became a blessing to his neighbors. If your past is still trying to overtake you there is something you can do about it. Jabez did and you can too! DThrash


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