Jacob Chronicles for Kids: Volume 1, Issue 18
Jabez was not a prophet, a judge, or a king. He was a man whose birth caused his mother pain. Jabez was an honorable man. More honorable than his brothers. His life was a brief story buried in a long list of names in the family of Judah.
We know the stories of Samuel, the prophet, Deborah, the judge, and David, the king. Their heroic stories bring glory to God. For the victory belongs to the Lord.
Yet, we know Jabez, not for his heroic story, but for his heroic prayer.
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!” I Chronicles 4:9-10
In Hebrew, Jabez means “he causes pain”. But with God, the blessing doesn't depend on your name. It depends on God's name. The God of Israel, on whom Jabez called. What does the name of the God of Israel mean? God calls himself many names. And they all have different meanings.
It doesn't matter what your name is or what people may call you. Your identity is in the God of Israel. When you call on His name, as Jabez did, He will bless you. He will enlarge your territory. His hand will be with you and keep you from evil.
So God granted him what he requested. I Chronicles 4:10
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Parent Tip: While reading with your child, point out that proper nouns are capitalized no matter where they are in a sentence because they refer to a specific person, place, or thing.
Take one of your child's favorite books, one they are familiar with, and go on a proper noun hunt through the page of the book.