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“Oh, That Thou May Bless Me.”

1 Chron. 4:10  “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.”

WE know very little about Jabez, except that he was more honorable than his brethren, and that he was called Jabez because his mother bare him with sorrow. It will sometimes happen that where there is the most sorrow in the predecessors, there will be the most pleasure in the outcome. As the furious storm gives place to the clear sunshine, so the night of weeping precedes the morning of joy.

Oh that the God of Israel, the covenant God, would bless me indeed! The very heart of the prayer seems to lie in that word, “indeed.”

There are many varieties of blessing.

Some are blessings only in name: they gratify our wishes for a moment, but permanently disappoint our expectations. They charm the eye, but cloud the taste.

Others are mere temporary blessings: they perish with the using. Though for a while they entertain the senses, they cannot satisfy the higher cravings of the soul.

But, “Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed!” I know whom God blesses shall be blessed. The thing good in itself is bestowed with the good-will of the giver, and shall be productive of so much good fortune to the recipient that it may well be esteemed as a blessing “indeed,” for there is nothing comparable to it.

Let the grace of God prompt it, let the choice of God appoint it, let the bounty of God confer it, and then the endowment shall be something godlike indeed; something worthy of the lips that pronounce the benediction, and verily to be craved by every one who seeks honor that is substantial and enduring. “Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed!” Think it over, and you will see that there is a depth of meaning in the expression.