A short devotion. Encouragement for those in need.
1 Samuel 7:12 KJV, “Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.”
The Israelites had just been defeated in two wars against the Philistines, who had oppressed them for 20 years. The Israelites would farm their land and the Philistines would harvest it. They took and took, for twenty years. In all the years as the followers of God, they had always consulted with God. This time though, when they decided to fight the Philistines, they fought them and they were defeated.
They came back and decided to take the Ark of the Covenant with them. They went into battle, presumptuously, thinking that by taking the Ark of the Covenant with them, God would would be with them. And again, they were defeated and the Ark was taken by the Philistines. Only then did they seek out Samuel to intercede on their behalf.
Then Samuel took a stone … and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.
In this thing called life, our stones are the things we take away from situations and experiences we encounter. We carry these stones with us, and some of these stones are heavy and hurtful. Stones of hatred. Stones of anger. Stones of jealousy. Stones of … We have hurt some people with these very stones were are carrying. Stones that we ought to throw into the depths of the ocean because they do us no good either.
Just like Samuel, we have the power to pick up and stone and that stone can be a stone of change. You can choose to let go of all the things that hurt you that you have carried in your heart. The pains, the sorrows, everything, and start picking up stones of love, stones of forgiveness, stones of gratitude, stones of compassion, stones of charity. We can choose in our hearts and by the grace of God, He will help us let go of the rotting stones and lead us and teach us to discern the types of stones we ought to carry that will benefit us and all those around us.
Happy Sabbath and God bless!