1st Chronicles 4:9-10 His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” 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.
Luke 16:20-21 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
Jabez had a terrible background, his mother gave birth to him abnormally but was a man of honour.
Lazarus had a terrible background, he was a beggar and had sores on his body but because the bible says He was taken to the bossom of Abraham at death, he too must have been a honourable man like Jabez.
So what was the difference between them?
They both did two things. One did it right and the other did it wrong yet they were both godly men before God.
Lazarus first believed in his heart that the rich man was his source of help.How do i know this? Its the second thing he did; he looked up to the rich for the help.
Jabez on the other hand believed that God was his source of help.How do i know this? Its the second thing he did; he cried out to God to enlarge is coast.
So how do I which is right and which is wrong? Simple. Ecclesiastes 7:8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning,…
What was the end of these two men of God? Lazarus died a beggar. Jabez became a financial success.
Think about it.