May 17

Ebenezer
Good morning!
Text:  1 Samuel 7-9; Proverbs 25:15-28
Every time we sing “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” and come to the line, “Here I raise my Ebenezer; Here there by Thy great help I’ve come,” I think of Scrooge.  Right after that, I want to ask, “what’s an Ebenezer?”  The answer is in today’s text, 1 Samuel 7:12;
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.”
This name is Hebrew, and means “stone of help.”  The stone serves as a constant reminder that it is the Lord who helps us, who allows us to have victory, who enables all that is good in our lives.  Only the Lord is able to be the King we need.  It is telling that right after the Ebenezer is set up, the Israelites ask for a human king.  Compared to the Lord, any human king will be a great disappointment, no matter how capable and noble.  People are fallen.  The only king that can meet our need for leadership (we do indeed need a king) is King Jesus.  That is the point of the greater story, and is truth we need to be constantly reminded of.
in Him, Mike