When I was growing up in church, I was confused every time we sang the phrase “Here I raise my Ebenezer” in the song Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. Seriously, the only reference I had in my youth was Scrooge, but I knew that wasn’t the connection.
Ebenezer actually means “stone of help.” In 1 Samuel 7, we see this story where the Israelites keep being defeated by the Philistines, due to idolatry. Eventually, the Israelites put away their gods and commit to serving the one true God only.
Finally, God goes to work and lifts the Israelites over the Philistines in victory. We read in 1 Samuel 7:12, “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far has the Lord helped us.'”
Samuel raised a stone on the battleground that day to be a visual reminder to the nation of Israel of God’s help in giving them victory that day.
What is your Ebenezer?
The reality is that we are all going to face hard times in life. If we can remember the times and situations in which God has been faithful in being our help, it will enable us trust Him more quickly the next time we face adversity.
We are creatures of habit and forget things often. That’s why a physical object that is a reminder of God’s help can be so powerful.
I encourage you to spend some time journaling or praying this week, reminding yourself of past victories in Christ.
It might be time to go get an Ebenezer and put it in a place of prominence, letting it remind you of God’s help.