I’ve believed that my 40th year was going to be a big deal. That exciting things were going to happen. I claimed the word “fearless” for 2018, because I don’t like to live in a spirit of fear… and the Bible tells us not to. I was going to do bold things.
Sometimes our dreams expand, or our territories.
Bold changes don’t always come how we expect them. Changes can be just as exciting as they are hard.
It was years ago that I first heard of the Prayer of Jabez. In 1 Chronicles 4:10, we read: “And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.
I’ve heard the Prayer of Jabez related to financial gain, physical growth, and even prayed requesting the Lord to enlarge their reach so that they may share the Gospel with more people.
My friend Jay Sharpe, author of Chicken Lyrics, said “money is not the only way to richness”. I couldn’t agree more. Expansion can come in many different ways.
Lord, expand my territory to the borders you have ordained. Let me tend to whatever expansion you put before me, in the manner you have called me to serve. My faith is in you.