“Samuel then took a large stone and placed it between the towns of Mizpah and Jeshanah. He named it Ebenezer (which means “the stone of help”). For he said, “Up to this point the LORD has helped us!” 1 Samuel 7:12 NLT
Samuel set up a Rock to remember a time, a turning point in the lives of the Israelite’s where they turned away from foreign gods and put their faith in the one true God (1 Sam 7:3&4). My pastor once said that the biggest sin in the bible is forgetfulness. I am so forgetful…sometimes I think if I could remember where God has brought me from I would not lose hope so easily. The stone was a visual reminder of God’s faithfulness. What are those visual reminders in my life? I don’t have to look far to see one. It is the scar on my neck from when I had thyroid cancer. It was a dark time in my life, when I should have been trusting God, but instead I let the enemy’s lies overtake my mind. I don’t always want to remember it. But, God healed me and I can mark that as a turning point in my life. And as a friend once told me, it is a reminder of God’s faithfulness. I have many other stones in my life that I can mark as times when God has helped me. They remind me that I can’t do it on my own , that I need Jesus. Just like Jesus says in Luke how difficult it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. It is easier to thread a camel through the eye of a needle. Than the people asked, “Who has any chance at all?”“No chance at all,” Jesus said, “if you think you can pull it off by yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.” Peter tried to gain some initiative: “We left everything we owned and followed you, didn’t we?”“Yes.” said Jesus,”and you won’t regret it. Luke 18:26-29 MSG
My faith will be spurred if I set up my own Ebenezers. So that it will be true of my life as Jesus says in Luke. “No one who has sacrificed home spouse, brothers and sisters, parents, children-whatever-will lose out. It will all come back multiplied many times over in your lifetime. And then the bonus of eternal life!” Luke 18:30 MSG
What are the Ebenezers in your life?
Dear Father, I know that I have no chance at all as long as I am trusting in myself. Help me to trust you every day. And to remember those times when you have helped me. So that I can “press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” (Phil 3:14 NLT ) Amen