“Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the LORD helped us.” I Samuel 7:12
After a fierce battle in which the Israelites had been victorious, Samuel set up this memorial stone to remind the people that God had been with them and that was why the enemy was defeated.
For years I have been quoting a bit of poetry, not realizing that it was part of a whole hymn written many years ago. This is the third verse:
His love, in time past, Forbids me to think
He’ll leave me at last In trouble to sink:
Each sweet Ebenezer I have in review
Confirms His good pleasure To help me quite through.
When David went out to face Goliath, he remembered the bear and the lion and how God had given him the strength to overcome, so he could face Goliath in the Name of the living God.
Thank God for the Ebenezers in our lives. So many times the Lord has been there for us, met us in our seasons of sorrow, sickness and struggles. Because He met us in the past, we can rest in Him, knowing He will be there for us, not matter what we face. His power remains the same. Victory is ours for the asking.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you for the memorials of your deliverance in the past, and we trust you to give us the victory over everything that may come against us today.
Devotion by Anne Johnston