”…’Please bless me and give me more territory. May your power be with me and free me from evil so that I will not be in pain.’ God gave him what he prayed for.” 1 Chronicles 4:10 (God’s Word Bible)
The fact is Jabez was under a curse…a simple pronouncement made against him by his mother at birth. According to Scriptures, she cursed him by calling him Jabez, which means painful because her labour was painful. So, for all the days of his life till this point, Jabez toiled under the curse of his mother.
Not only Jabez, a great number of people are toiling under one curse or the other. This may be a simple statement in anger by parents against their children, an older one against a younger one, a spouse against the other, etc. And in fact, it could also be self inflicted.
His name was just Jabez, so he toiled in life and lived by his name. But a point came in his life when he could no longer toil under the yoke of his mother’s curse. Just as he was cursed by way of mouth, Jabez sought the face of God and made very simple declarations over his life. (1) He asked God to bless him. (2) He asked God to give him more land. (3) He asked God to be with him and keep him from all evil. (4) He asked God not to let his life cause him pain.
As long as he remained under a curse, he could not enjoy the benefits of life. His life caused him pain and sorrow. So, he wept before God asking God to turn things around for him and God did. At that point, Jabez became more honourable than his brothers.
Life and death are in the power of the tongue. You could be more honourable than you are today. Just as Isaac told Esau, the day you become restless, you shall remove your brother’s yoke from your neck.” I say that if indeed you have become restless or tired of the pain and shame your life has brought you, you must arose today and take that yoke of curse from your neck