Managing Pain with the Word of God


Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother named him Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” 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!” So God granted him his request. (1 Chronicles 4:9-10)  

If you have been born into painful circumstances or you are living in a painful situation or you have brought pain into people’s lives, you can learn from Jabez how to manage the pain efffectively by doing the following things which Jabez did to manage his painful situation:

1. Jabez called on the God of Israel. (1 Chronicles 4:10)
The first thing that Jabez did was to pray. Therefore, call on God to look upon your painful situation and to help you cope with it. It is good to consult counselors, but one should always call on God in prayer for help for their painful situation.

2. Jabez asked God to bless him. (1 Chronicles 4:10)
The blessings of God make a person rich and He adds no sorrow with it. (Proverbs 10:22) Therefore ask God to bless you in all areas of your life rather than try to “bless” yourself by doing the things which you think will reduce your pain for example buying material possessions or entering into relationships to ease emotional pain or developing addictions to dull the pain because these possessions, persons, and addictions and any all other things you may do for yourself in an attempt to reduce your pain may actually increase it in the long run by adding more sorrow to your life.

3. Jabez asked God to enlarge his territory. (1 Chronicles 4:10)
Enlarging your territory can mean many things. It can mean God blessing you financially so that you stop living in the pain of poverty. Therefore, if you are in need of money, ask God to enlarge your bank accounts and businesses.

Enlarging your territory can also mean enlarging you emotionally especially in situations where painful situations in your past such as sexual abuse may have stunted you relationally and either harmed your marriage or hindered you from entering into an intimate relationship with another person. Therefore, ask God to heal you and enlarge you emotionally so that you can learn to love again.

Enlarging your territory can also mean enlarging your physical territory especially in situations where you are living with people and causing each other pain from the constant friction between you. Therefore, in you are living in such painful circumstances, ask God to provide you with a a new dwelling place.

Enlarging your territory can also mean enlarging the spiritual territory over which your ministry ministers. Painful situations such as malicious rumors may have harmed your reputation and your ministry. Therefore, if you are in such as painful situation, you can ask God to enlarge your territory despite those painful circumstance so that you can impact more people as you fulfill His purpose for your life.  

Excerpt from Managing Pain with the Word of God by Dr Miriam Kinai (C)

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