AND GOD GRANTED HIS REQUEST
By DANNY MINTON
Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request. 1 Chronicles 4:10
When was the last time you prayed the prayer of Jabez? Oh, not the exact words but the meaning behind them? When was the last time you prayed and really had the faith that God would answer the prayer?
Sometimes our faith is much like Jesus told his disciples at times, little. If Christians are not careful we fall into complacency and accept what we can do ourselves and forget to give the reins to God. There are times we pull the common sense card on God. “I have faith, but at the same time, God expects me to use my common sense to make my decisions.” To some extent that is right, but on the other hand it’s almost a way of our saying, “I have faith, but I’m going to keep one hand on the reins just in case God doesn’t come through.”
One of the most quoted scriptures on faith is the one about the mustard seed.
He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. (Luke 17:6)
But Jesus doesn’t end there when he is talking to his disciples. He continues by expressing to them something about what makes a true servant. He then ends it with a scripture that is often forgotten. It’s a warning against accepting mediocrity or being complacent with what we do. It’s Luke 17:10.
“So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.”
The best servants are the ones who are not satisfied with just getting by. They are the ones who don’t accept mediocrity. They are the ones who are not complacent with the status quo. They are the ones who do more than they are asked. They are ones with enough faith to give God complete control and expect that he will come through.
As followers of our God, may we never be satisfied with mediocrity or become complacent. May we always expect more from those we serve or lead. May we have the faith to give God the reins and let him be truly in charge.
Jabez was a man of noble character, a man full of faith who honored God.
Because of this faith, the scriptures tell us…God granted his request.
I believe He will do the same for us if we let him!
Danny Minton is Pastoral Minister and Elder at Southern Hills Church of Christ.