12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and he called the name of it Ebenezer [stone of help], saying, Heretofore the Lord has helped us. (1Sam 7:12 Amp)
Father, we Thank You; for carrying us thus far! We Thank You Lord; for Your Faithfulness! Lord You neither leave us nor forsake us! You are with us. Thank You Lord; there are more for us than against us. Father we pray You prepare the hearts of the people, for the Truth of Your Word. Daily direct our steps; lead us through Your Spirit. In Jesus Name we pray for all these to come to pass.
On reflecting, upon that which the Lord; has done for us during the last couple of years; we as family stand amazed. We certainly, are able to testify: – “Surely; there has never once, been a time when, our Lord disappointed failed us. Neither has He put us to shame, nor left us on our own.” Yes! He has surely, come through for us; on numerous occasions. In this is His Word true; when He says: – “I’ll never leave you nor forsake you, Yes I Am with you, even until after the end of this age!”(Deut 31:6-7; Josh 1:5; Heb 13:5-7). He further promises us: – “Truly none who call upon My Name, shall ever become ashamed!” (Rom 10:11; Ps 34:22).
Surely; He who has promised is continually being Faithful. Both Abraham and Sarah, had been aware of God’s faithfulness, to His Word. Because Abraham believed, it had been accounted to him, for & as Righteousness (Gen 15:6; Rom 4:3, 4:18-22; Gal3:6.). God is not a man that He would lie. It is written all His Promises are Yea and in Christ Amen (see 2Cor 1:19-24.). He promised Abraham, he and Sarah would have their own son. He (our Lord) also named Isaac before his birth. He fulfilled His Promises to Abraham.
You see our God is a Covenant keeping God. He calls those things; which be not, as though they were. Over the millennia, He has always been faithful, keeping each of His Promises. Therefore we are confident, of this very thing; when we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. Because we are aware, that He always hears us, when we call upon His Name, we know for certain when we ask, we receive the grant, the petitions we ask of Him (see 1Jn 5:14-15).
When we dilligently, earnestly and daily seek His Face, we are sure to find Him. We’re reminded to seek Him early, then we shall find Him. When we seek Him, we need to seek Him with all our heart (see Jer 29:11-13). We’re reminded to first seek His Kingdom and His Righteousness, then all these things shall be added to us (Mt 6:33).
His Word is Sure, His Promises Secure, His Faithfulness True & Genuine. Often we sing: – “What a faithful God we serve!” The Lord reveals the Greatness of His Faithfulness; to all who believe. For the Lord revealed Himself to John in Revelations: – “as the Faithful and True Witness_ _ _!” 11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. ( Rev 19:11-12 KJV)
11 After that I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse [appeared]! The One Who was riding it is called Faithful (Trustworthy, Loyal, Incorruptible, Steady) and True, and He passes judgment and wages war in righteousness (holiness, justice, and uprightness).12 His eyes [blaze] like a flame of fire, and on His head are many kingly crowns (diadems); and He has a title (name) inscribed which He alone knows or can understand. (Rev 19:11 AMP)
Often we may have messed up, failed the Lord, or even have backslidden. The Lord is always ready to, restore us, draw us back to Him. We often see the Lord, reaching out to restore Israel, although they had fallen. Remember the parable of the lost son, the Prodigal. He sought his inheritance before the appropriate time. When he lost everything, due to riotous living. He had quickly found his way to ruin. On the way of destruction. While being in the sty, he realized, his wrong decisions, which had been made weren’t doing him any good.
During this time, (which may have been over a year or more); he realized his father’s servants were much better off. He decided to return to his father’s house. He felt like a failure. He felt failed his father. He even thought , he failed himself. He felt disappointed, in himself. He knew he had messed up. He felt worthless, maybe even, thought he is not worthy to be alive. He thought he is not worthy of been called a son.
These thoughts were sure to condemn him. He felt like a deserter. No longer worthy of the name; son! How many; accusing thoughts would have, gone through his mind, at this stage. Yet he still pushed through! He still pushed on, despite these negative thoughts, passing through his mind. He arose from his despondency. He arose from the oppressive circumstances, which he brought upon himself.
He then returned to his father’s house. thus retracing his steps. Think of the shame he carried on his return journey. How unworthy he must have felt. He had lost everything, which he received from his father. How would his father accept him? Would his father trust him? Could he, this Prodigal; ever trust himself? How would they accept him, once he arrives home?
We have also, as the Prodigal, made wrong decisions, even speak contrary to God and His Word. Yet He faithfully, as the prodigal’s father watches the horizon, looks for us. He waits open arms to welcome us. He is ever patient, ever longsuffering , ever Loving; ever merciful! Always Gracious!
Ian R Lottering
12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and he called the name of it Ebenezer [stone of help], saying, Heretofore the Lord has helped us. (1 Sam 7:12 Amp).
Lord; we desire to give You thanks, for always being Faithful, despite our our failures. Lord; You know our hearts. You change people from the inside out.