My hope is sure.
By His limitless portion
We will endure.
Great is His faithfulness
With ne’er a distortion.
Ebenezer: (stone of help), a stone set up by Samuel after a signal defeat of the Philistines, as a memorial of the help received on the event from Jehovah. (1 Samuel 7:12) Its position is carefully defined as between Mizpeh and Shen. [Smith’s Bible Dictionary]
An “Ebenezer” is memory fixed in each place of our mind that we can recall the time and times God helped us when we were in dire need of His help.
Having so many of these memorial stones they could almost reach into heaven if they were stacked atop each other. If set in each location where He gave this help, the landscape of many places of the world would be in wonder of their stacked number. My memory can’t retain them all without appearing as a confluence of many stone gardens.
God told Abraham to number the stars in the sky and grains of sand on the seashore. I get the same picture when trying to recall the number of memorial stones, Ebenezers, in my personal life of God’s faithfulness. May I be so bold? You have them, as well, if you have experienced God at all.
Hope for the most unstable times? Not merely hope – a Sure Hope! “But these things I call to mind.” The most personal proof of His faithfulness is in our hearts, and in the many memories of His immutable devotion of care in our past.
When shaken by doubts or any other fiery darts, I find it helpful to remember what I know. I begin by taking a stroll through my stone garden, recalling the activity of God each anchored Ebenezer represents. The trip is often quicker than it sounds and usually leads to that safest of places in prayer. Did I forget to mention? The Savior leads me along this memory lane, pointing out each carefully placed stone of eternal vigilance. He leads me. He cares for me. And He cares for you.
Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
It is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.