I was just informed this morning that Grandpop has been taught how to play and joined in the “Candy Crush” game. Candy Crush is the second top grossing app on the iTunes store. It is the current “rage” to say the least!
Today’s verse, believe it or not, had a sort-of “Candy-crush-era”. A book, “The Prayer of Jabez” was written in 2000 and has spawned a plethora of other books; “Prayer of Jabez Devotional”, “The Prayer of Jabez for Women”, “The Prayer of Jabez for teens” and many more. It was wildly popular and to some degree still is, like Candy Crush. Why do you think this was so popular?
Read the verse again.The book is popular because who wouldn’t want the same prayer answered? All of us. We all want God’s blessing, and to have our “borders” (read: “stuff”) enlarged as well as to be kept from harm. The prayer is not wrong-this is evidenced by the fact God did answer it, but it also doesn’t mean God will answer the same way for you and me if we pray the same prayer. He could, but He may not.
A few things I think we can learn today from this verse; First, we can ask God anything-Jabez did and we can too.
Second, Jabez only has two verses in the entire Bible written about him. This and one other that tells why he got his name. If our life were to be summarized in two verses, would it include a prayer we said? Would it include something about our relationship with God? What “summarizes” our life?
Lastly, be careful of what is the current “rage” in our society-especially when it comes to seemingly “christian” things. I have read the book, and I did enjoy it. I think it has some truths, but I also believe a lot has been taken out of context. To be honest, if LOTS of people like something that is labeled “Christian”-I would be wary and very discerning. When you see non-believers loving it…question it.
The Gospel is good news, but it is also a stumbling block. It is the exact opposite of what the world teaches. Does the world “love” God? Do they love the teachings of the Bible? How can they “love” a book, movie (ie: “Heaven is for real”) or anything that purports to include biblical truth but not love and follow the teachings of the Bible? Both can not be true. Candy Crush is fine, but when it comes to the popularity of “biblical” things-be discerning. Looks can be deceiving-and so can popularity!