Most of us were born into conditions we didn't ask for. For some, those conditions might have been poverty. Extremely dysfunctional family dynamics. Degenerative health conditions. Intergenerational trauma stemming from experiences that we have yet to even process. For others, it was a given name that carries a meaning or a lack thereof that we want to divorce ourselves from.

Jabez was born into an identity of pain. His mother named him according to the pain she experienced in childbirth. In Hebrew, his name actually means "pain or sorrow". (Gee. Thanks, Mom.)

Now, I imagine that Jabez grew tired of the dark, stigmatic cloud of sorrow and agony hanging over his head. I believe he wanted more out of life. So what did he do? Something that's not always easy to do yet is simple to do. He opened his mouth. He spoke to God and asked for something different. He asked the all-powerful, abundant, never-lacking, intentional God for a different experience. He asked to be blessed, for an expanded awareness, an increased level of influence in the lives of those around him. And guess what God did? He did it!

I don't know about you, but I was born into some conditions that I didn't ask for, too. Physical. Emotional. Spiritual. Financial. Environmental. Racial. Yup. All of them. But there came a time and when I refused to accept the terms and conditions as-is. I chose to stop walking in circles and made a beeline directly to the source. Yup. Just like Jabez, I cried out to God and simply ASKED.

What change do you desire?

Do you have painful questions that you want medicinal answers to?

Just like Jabez, I dare you to intentionally ask God for them today.

1 Chronicles 4:10

9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, "I gave birth to him in pain."

10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain." And God granted his request.