Ebenezer…not Scrooge

ebenezer“When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.” “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.” And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”

–We are not only prone to miss God’s meaning and intent in what occurs in our lives…we are also prone to forget His blessings entirely. The disciples had seen Him miraculously feed over 5,000 people…and when faced with the situation again, it never occurs to them that they may have witnessed the solution in the past. How can that be? Wouldn’t that have been an unforgettable occasion? We would not have stood in wonder as all those 12 baskets of leftovers were gathered up?

–How soon do we forget what God has done? Some amazing, clearly divine provision was given to us…materially, financially, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually…and days later when we come to face another, we panic all over again as if suddenly we had become orphans.

–Here’s the challenge: Write things down. Count your blessings…name them one by one”…and specifically. There will be days when everything seems to be cloud…when no silver lining seems to be in sight. That is when you look back. You find the people of God doing this throughout history. Israel recounted God’s deliverance and provisions with yearly feasts and celebrations. We need to speak truth to our hearts. Begin an “Ebenezer Journal” today!

“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.” 1 Sam. 7:12

Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.

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