My Pet Rock

September 10, 1996

1 Samuel 7:12 – Then Samuel took a stone and set it up. He named it Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far has the Lord helped us."

Meet my pet rock, Ebenezer. You may laugh at having a pet rock and you may think Ebenezer a presumptious name for a dumb rock but it is all scriptural and it is all significant in informing our faith and helping us to understand that God is with us and that God promises to help us in our daily need.

Ebenezer is meant to be a reminder that God was with the people in their struggle against the Philistines. After powerful prayer the Philistines were turned back. In remembrance of this event, Samuel took a stone, made a monument somewhere between Jeshanah and Mizpah and named the stone Ebenezer. It has nothing to do with the Scrooge of the same name, but everything to do with the Lord helping us in our daily struggles.

I think you need a pet rock on the bedroom bureau, a constant reminder that the Lord is in our lives to help us. Yes, thus far, God is with us, and we have no reason to believe that God won't go with us into the future as well.

Prayer: God, help me see in the things around me constant reminders of your love and care. Take hold of my hand and lead me in your way. Give me an Ebenezer which will be a daily prayer focus and give me the cross to go before me as I seek to live for you, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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