1 Samuel 7:12 (NKJV) 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.”
Ebenezer means “stone of help.” It is a stone of remembrance, looking back on how “the Lord has helped us.” It is a stone for the present, recognizing how God is helping us. It is a stone of revelation, counting on God to help us in the future. “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6 NKJV). My friend, do you see how God brought you to this point in your life? Do you see how God is leading you today? Are you letting God guide you? If you are following God’s lead, then you can say, “Thus far the Lord has helped me.” And since God has helped you thus far, He will continue to help you. I am sure that all of us who rely on God can say, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” This is way Joshua could say, “… But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15 NKJV). And it is why David could say, “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy” (Psalm 107:1-2 NKJV). God is good all the time. And all the time God is good. God puts a song of praise in our hearts. Through the darkest times, God’s Light will shine. No matter where God may lead us, He is the One who has helped us and will help us. We can trust in the Lord our God. Recognize how God has helped you in your life. And know that God will continue to help you. That is what Samuel meant by that Ebenezer stone. Thus far God has helped us. And henceforth God will help us. When we really take this to heart, we can say “I shall not want.” We can face today and the future without fear. For we are sons and daughters of God. For as the song goes, “I am no longer a slave to fear. I am a child of God.”
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.