Day 36: Enlarge Your Territory

“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.”

1 Chronicles 4:10 NIV

As you increasingly wave a white flag in surrender to God’s will for your life, what do you sense that God envisions for you in the future? 

There is a powerful account in the Old Testament about man who was born in sorrow. Scripture says that his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain” (1 Chronicles 4:9 NIV).

As the boy grew, he learned that just because he was born in misery didn’t mean he must live that way forever. Jabez asked the Lord to give him a new vision — a vision to widen his borders. It was a straightforward prayer from a man who seemed to feel both comfortable and confident in God’s presence.

What happened? The Bible says God granted what Jabez requested.

What about you? What does God envision for you? What borders does God want to widen for you?

The apostle Paul, immediately after writing “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14 NIV), then wrote these powerful words: “All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you” (verse 15).

Before the foundations of the world, God saw you today. He saw the needs that surround you and He created you as an important part of the solution to today’s challenges. You were designed on purpose for a purpose. When you discover that purpose and become empowered by God to fulfill it, your life will never be the same!

Today, set your sights as high as the heavens, then allow God to reveal His vision for your life as you spend time in His precious presence!