We will be concluding this topic, ‘Names are Powerful’ with the story of a man named Jabez in the Scriptures.
1 Chronicles 4:9-10 (GNT) says, “There was a man named Jabez, who was the most respected member of his family. His mother had given him the name Jabez, because his birth had been very painful. But Jabez prayed to the God of Israel, “Bless me, God, and give me much land. Be with me and keep me from anything evil that might cause me pain.” And God gave him what he prayed for.”
It is such an important point to note that because his birth was a painful experience, his mother decided to name him after that pain. He must have understood the power of names and knew that if he didn’t do something about his name, the prophecy of pain will definitely find expression in his life one way or the other, and so he prayed a simple yet powerful prayer to God Who heard and answered him.
I have met a few people who didn’t know the meaning of their names. I also think some parents just name their children fancy and nice-sounding names just because. It’s important though to be very intentional about naming our children because the meaning of their names in most cases, eventually plays out in that child’s lifetime.
I honestly recommend believers prayerfully seek the Lord’s face concerning their offspring(s) including what their names should be; an idea of who they will become; wisdom to raise them as different individuals with differing personalities and destines; trusting Him for provisions to raise them. God will not give us more than we can handle and He definitely does not make mistakes.
An example of some parents who God spoke to concerning their unborn children are;
• Samson’s parents. See Judges 13:1-25. Manoah was so intentional in downloading the prophetic blueprint of his unborn’s son destiny from the Angel of the Lord.
• John’s parents (Elizabeth and Zechariah). See Luke 1:5-25
• Jesus’s parents (Mary and Joseph). See Luke 1:26-38
I am also inclined to share a story of a woman who had remained childless for years and decided to change her strategy of endless weeping and deep sorrow when she made a covenant with God that if He would give her a child, she would give him up to serve Him all the days of her life. That woman is Hannah, wife of Elkanah, mother of the Prophet Samuel; a Prophet indeed. Kindly read this powerful and interesting story in 1 Samuel 1:1-27.
Verse 20 says of Hannah, “So it was that she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, and explained, “I asked the Lord for him.””
We have a responsibility under God to train these children in the way of the Lord in such a morally upturned and godless generation. We therefore need to obtain grace and wisdom from Him to do the work. May our travail over our children never be in vain, Amen.
If at the end of the day all you have is God, then you have more than enough.
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