And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel: but the LORD thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Israel. And the men of Israel went out of Mizpeh, and pursued the Philistines, and smote them, until they came under Bethcar. 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.
I Samuel 7:10-12
Today is Memorial Day, a day in which we honor those who made a sacrifice for us and for our freedom. It is important to remember those who gave something, whether it was their life or even just time and discomfort, so that we might be free. Today, as every day, we would also like to remember the One who gave the ultimate sacrifice. He died that we might live.
A memorial is simply something that we set up to help us remember a person or an event that we want to remember. In these verses in I Samuel, the Lord has just given the Israelites a great victory over the Philistines. In verse 12, Samuel sets up a stone for a memorial and calls is Ebenezer, which means “Hitherto hath the LORD helped us.” We could all use some “Ebenezers” in our lives. I don’t know most of people who read this blog personally, but whoever you are, I know that you can say “the Lord has helped me.”
We know that the Lord has helped us, but sometimes in the hustle and bustle of life, we tend to forget. We need some memorials in our lives to the goodness and mercy of the Lord. So, today, let us stop and remember all that the Lord has done for us. And let us humbly thank Him and ask that He would help us never forget that we have life (spiritual and physical) only because of Him.