“Brilliant!” We all like to claim. What I’ve learned is that knowledge without wisdom is useless.
Gathering information like squirrels gather nuts, we all run around trying to protect ourselves with it. Our stomachs are bloated with knowledge and our souls are sick from lack of rest.
“Learn more about your pain, do more self-care, promote your well-being,” and the list goes on and on.
Want your pain to end? Pray the prayer of Jabez. It is a little gem hidden in the book of Chronicles.
The name Jabez means “he causes pain,” so it is assumed that something about his birth was exceptionally more painful than the usual birth – either physically or emotionally. In Bible times, a name was very important. A name often defined a person’s future – what they would become. So perhaps Jabez’s mother was predicting her baby’s future.
Jabez defied his hopeless name and dysfunctional beginning to become a man who believed fervently in the power of God. He prayed with urgency and vulnerability. He cried out to the Lord with boldness!
I will not let my past define me nor will I let it predict my future.