1 Samuel 7:12

Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.” So the Philistines were subdued, and they did not come anymore into the territory of Israel. And the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.(vv12-13)

When the Israelites defeated the Philistines, the prophet Samuel raised a memorial to commemorate the victory. He named it Ebenezer, which means “stone of help.” It was to remind everyone, including Samuel, that God was their help. What are the memorials, physical reminders that God has given you of his ever present help? My wheelchair is my “Ebenezer.” I’ve raised it up as a memorial to commemorate God’s grace in my life. It reminds me (and everyone who sees me smile in it) that God is my help.

Look for the memorials, the stones of remembrance, in your life. Whatever they are – perhaps a ring, a family Bible, a pair of crutches, a pebble you picked up during a journey – they can be anchors to your soul. “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpath and Shen. He named it Ebenezer,” saying, “Thus far has the LORD helped us.” So the Philistines were subdued and did not invade Israelite territory again. (vv12-13)  When pain becomes severe or sorrow crushing, you can remind yourself of that memorial set in place during a time of greater strength, and you can pray. “Oh, God, keep me faithful to that” – Joni Eareckson Tada.

PRAYER LINE: Father, You are my Ebenezer, the burden Bearer. In You I can find peace, confidence and victory. Glory be to Your Name for ever.

_________________________________________________________ Ebenezer means stone of help – a stone of remembrance

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