Have You Put Your Stone of Help in Place?

stones for meditation

Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and named it Ebebezer, saying “ hus far the LORD has helped us."  1 Samuel 7:`13

There is a saying that almost always comes to mind when things are going badly for my family or those close to me and doubts begin to form about God's being there.  I'm not sure where I first heard it - and I'm guessing most everyone knows it or some variation of it.

"God hasn't brought you this far to let you down now."

In my journey through the Old Testament, I am finding what are to me, obscure little gems.  Yesterday, I read this verse in 1 Samuel.

I read it.  Paused.  And read it again.

The Philistines were ready to battle the Israelites.  Samuel was counseling the people to return to God, for it was God and God alone who could save them.  The people heart Samuel's words and repented and looked to God.  

Israel, though God's power, defeated the Philistines.

And Samuel set a memorial stone - named it Ebenezer - the stone of help - and placed it where Israel could remember what God had done for them.

It was as if that stone said to the Israelites - God hasn't brought you this far to let you down.

I think we need those memorial "stones" in our own life.  We need to have something to look back at and remember:  God did this for me.  God brought us through that trail.  God was faithful.

Whether actual stones or markers, notes in a Bible or a journal, I think it is important for us, particularly when we deal with continuing challenging, to be able to find something concrete to look at and remember.

This takes a bit of forethought on our part.  

We need to acknowledge that there will be times when we will waver - and prepare for them.  We need to have our stones in place.  Then when we are in that place of doubt, we can look back and see for certain how God has worked in our lives.

God hasn't brought us this far to let us down now.

Do you have a stone of help to remind you of God's grace and power?

Why not set your Ebenezer in place today.  

You might be very glad tomorrow that it is there.

Father God, Thank you for reminding us that we need to be reminded of You and Your power when things look bleak.  Help each of us to find those Ebenezer stones in place, so we will know for certain that it is You who has helped us thus far.  Amen and amen.


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