Beyond the Weekend

January 28 | Stone of Remembrance

January 28, 2022


Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” 1 Samuel 7:12

Read: 1 Samuel 7:7-12
1 Samuel 7


God again rescues his chosen people with a mighty thunderstorm that causes complete turmoil in the Philistine army. The Lord defeats the army that moments earlier had appeared unbeatable. Samuel sets up a stone of remembrance in response and names it “Ebenezer,” meaning “Stone of Help.” In doing so, Samuel recognizes God’s decisive role in the victory. God helps them defeat this enemy in battle and again shows his faithfulness. “Thus far,” he is trustworthy.

There is great benefit in taking time to recognize the goodness and faithfulness of God. As we do, we learn that we can trust God for whatever lies ahead. Looking back, we see God’s faithfulness to us during the cancer struggle of a loved one. We also come to see his presence when we ultimately lose them to the disease. We remember God’s faithfulness through months of unemployment and rejoice in his provision of a new job. We look back at his protection over a family member gone astray and forward to our hope for better days ahead. We can honestly say with Samuel, “Thus far, the Lord has helped us.”


Worship along with Ada Worship as they sing, “Resurrecting.” Remind yourself that God is good and reliable, a theme we see in the lyrics, “The fear that held us now gives way to him who is our peace. His final breath upon the cross is now alive in me.”


Develop spiritual roots and tap in the power of God’s word by memorizing monthly a Bible verse!

PSALMS 119:11
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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