Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” 1 Chronicles 4:9
In Hebrew, the name Jabez means “he makes sorrowful.” Verse nine indicates that Jabez was born with much pain to his mother. However, having a name associated with sorrow evidently did not keep Jabez from being hopeful. Perhaps, hope was all he had.
To be continued….
Prayer: Gracious God, I cry out to you today. Regardless of my circumstances, fill me with hope that you will hear my cries. Amen.