Scripture Reading: I Samuel 7:7-17
“Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer, for he said, ‘Till now the Lord has helped us.'” (I Samuel 7:12)
When the people of God repented, God did what He promised — He delivered them out of the hands of the Philistines. Samuel prayed for deliverance and the Lord answered his prayer in an amazing way — “But the Lord thundered with a mighty sound that day against the Philistines, and threw them into confusion, and they were routed before Israel. And the men of Israel went out from Mizpah and pursued the Philistines and struck them, as far as below Beth-car” (vs. 10,11).
Samuel established a memorial to remind the people of God’s faithfulness and help — “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer, for he said, ‘Till now the Lord has helped us.'” The word Ebenezer means “stone of help.”
We have the greater Ebenezer, our stone of help — “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame” (I Peter 2:6). Jesus Christ is our stone of help. He will give us the victory and He is always faithful to be a help in our time of need.
Robert Robinson, the 18th century pastor and hymn writer, was inspired by this passage when he penned the words to his hymn, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” One stanza of the hymn reads — “Here I raise my Ebenezer; here by Thy great help I’ve come; and I hope, by Thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home.” Remember that Jesus Christ is our Ebenezer, our Stone of help. He has brought us this far and He was safely take us home!
Lord Jesus, what comfort it gives me to know that You are my Ebenezer, my Stone of help. Just as You delivered the people of God from the Philistines, You will deliver me and You will always be with me and keep me in Your tender care.
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