Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” FROM 1 SAM 7
The Israelites decide to repent of all their idols. They assemble at Mizpah and while they are praying and worshiping, the Philistines decide to attack them. But God comes in a mighty way and thwarts the plans of the enemies. They are slaughtered on the roads as they flee from God and His army.
I love that God fought for the Israelites that day at Mizpah. I love the story of repentance and them throwing away their idols, and how God blesses them and destroys their enemy for them. But I don’t want to gloss over the last part of this story. Samuel takes time to set up a way to remember what God has done. And what God is continuing to do. He names the place, saying “thus far….the Lord has helped us”. I know we don’t say “thus far” alot these days… but I think of it like a “line in the sand” moment. This far, up to this point in time, God has helped us. And we are going to remember it.
God does big things every day. In your life, in my life. He is a crazy awesome, amazing God who is still living and moving in our tiny lives. He is so big and grand and yet he cares so much about all my little goings on. He helps me. He is still helping me.
But am I remembering? Am I setting up landmarks, making declarations that God has helped me this far. Am I sharing my story with my kids at the breakfast table? Am I telling my husband what God is doing in my life? Am I choosing to remember who He is, so I won’t forget, and so I will continue to recognize Him when He moves.
Often God moves, but I do not take time to remember. I need to stop what I am doing and choose to remember. Do something to make a line in the sand…Write it down, tell my three year old, text it to myself, journal it, whatever. I want to grow in becoming a woman who remembers what God has done. And not just in the “good old days”…but what is He doing right now…and I want to be a woman who is continually sharing that story with those around her.
Right now, I choose to remember that You, God, are good. Thank you for helping me This week. I choose to remember. You have helped me this far. and I am excited for how I will see you help me in the future.
Diving In is our online mid-week devotional. It jumps into the message from Sunday and takes us a little deeper. Take a moment to slow down from your busy day, and hear from the Holy Spirit. We re-post every week. You can follow along by clicking the +Follow button in the bottom-right corner of your screen. This week Diving In is written by Erika Thornton (Pastor Jonathan’s wife).