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11-20-15 A TIME TO REMEMBER
 

The ancient Israelites were at war with the Philistines (1 Samuel 7). Before one particular battle, they implored the prophet Samuel to pray to God for their deliverance. Samuel prayed for victory in the battle, and God caused the Philistines to be defeated. With thanksgiving and gratitude, Samuel set up a memorial stone commemorating God's deliverance. He called the memorial "Ebenezer", which means "stone of help".

 

In the same way, we should set up our own memorials when God answers our prayers. Perhaps not with literal "stones of help", but, we should always mark the work of God. One way some Christians do this is by keeping a prayer journal. This is an excellent way of making sure we are aware of how God is working. But, even if you don't record things on paper, you can still create "Ebenezers" by developing a God-centered narrative of your life.

 

We all have a narrative of past events in our memories. We build this memory track in real time as we process the things we experience, and as we relate the events of our lives to others. If we are primarily pessimistic in our thinking, the narrative we construct will be negative. But, if we are optimistic, and simply trust God for everything, the way we view the events of our lives will be positive. This way leads to a life of thankfulness in all things.

 

When you are interacting with others, be careful to give God all the credit. Build the narrative of your life around what God is doing, not what you are doing. Focus on positive things. And remember, even things that seem negative to us have an eternal purpose in God's plan. Look for the hand of God in everything.

 

In the second verse of the hymn "O, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" (Robert Robinson,1758) are the lyrics: "Here I raise my Ebenezer." Most of us think only of Scrooge when we hear the word "Ebenezer". But, the next line of the hymn reveals the meaning: "Here by Thy great help I've come." By God's great help we come to Jesus for salvation, and receive power to live for him. Let us give God the glory he deserves by filling the narrative of our lives with "Ebenezers" of gratitude to God.                                                   Pastor Daniel Rhodes

 
 
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