July 7

1 Chronicles 4:5-5:17; Acts 25:1-27; Psalm 5:1-12; Proverbs 18:19

Does your life stand out in the crowd? In your circle of friends or family, do they know you live for God? There is a man in the Bible named Jabez. He is interesting because we know nothing of his parents or his children. We don’t know where he came from. We don’t know what tribe he was a part of.

Jabez was given a negative name. His name means pain! His mother was so traumatized in childbirth that she named her son after her pain. Jabez prayed to God and asked that God make him more than his name! What he asked was that God would bless him indeed. Jabez knew that the blessing could make his life meaningful.

What causes us to stand out in our generation? The blessing of God! A dysfunctional family, a missing parent, the lack of finances, or past mistakes cannot stop God’s blessing in your life. God’s blessing is available to you because He knows that is what can make you a blessing. He will be with you and make you a blessing.

Tomorrow’s Reading: 1 Chronicles 5:18-6:81; Acts 26:1-32; Psalm 6:1-10; Proverbs 18:20-21

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