Sermon:

1 Chronicles 4:10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, "Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!" So God granted him what he requested.

If you are a parent you probably have heard the words, "donít let go!" Whether it was your child learning to ride a bike, walking along a ledge, or in the dark Ö those words sound familiar.

Maybe youíve said those words at one time or another in your life. Finding yourself in some difficult or confusing situation you simply want someone to hold on to you. Itís a secure feeling.

Jabez up to this point had prayed:

∑ To be blessed Ö beyond what he could get for himself.
∑ For the enlargement of his territory Ö so as to live larger than life.

Jabez now realizing he could not manage the "bigness" of the blessing and extended borders he prayed for now requests of God that "Your hand would be with me."

∑ Jabez understood the necessity of Godís hand needing to be upon him.
∑ Jabez understood the availability of Godís hand.
∑ Jabez understood that without Godís hand his ability to live and work beyond his normal borders would be hindered.

When you start seeking the blessings of God you have to remember that with them you have to seek God in the blessing.

∑ The hand of God is the presence of God.

Joshua 4:24 "that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever."

∑ The hand of God is the Holy Spirit working in us.

Acts 11:21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.

Scriptures reveal to us that the "hand of the Lord" can either be with us or against us.

Godís Hand Against:

1 Samuel 12:15 "However, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then the hand of the LORD will be against you, as it was against your fathers.

Godís hand can bring or be:

∑ Calamity Ö Judges 2:13
∑ Heavy Ö 1 Samuel 5:6
∑ Fury Ö Isaiah 51:17

Godís Hand With:

∑ Merciful is Godís hand Ö

2 Samuel 24:14 And David said to Gad, "I am in great distress. Please let us fall into the hand of the LORD, for His mercies are great; but do not let me fall into the hand of man."

∑ Granting is Godís hand Ö

Ezra 7:6b The king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him.

∑ Encouraging is Godís hand Ö

Ezra 7:27-28 Blessed be the LORD God of our fathers, who has put such a thing as this in the kingís heart, to beautify the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem, and has extended mercy to me before the king and his counselors, and before all the kingís mighty princes. So I was encouraged, as the hand of the LORD my God was upon me; and I gathered leading men of Israel to go up with me.

Jabez wanted Godís hand with him Ö if that is your prayer you must