Our mission is to recognize what the Lord is doing in our lives, record what we find, and relate our stories to others so that we will remember what God has done for us, and pass on the evidence of our faith to future generations.
In 1 Samuel 7, the Israelites had reached an attitude of repentance after years of avoiding God. Samuel urged them to get rid of their idols and foreign gods if they were serious about turning back to the Lord. And they listened. Not only did they fast and confess their sin and brokenness, but they poured out water on the ground as a sign of complete surrender to the Lord. That’s when their enemies, the Philistines, came to attack. The Israelites’ repentant hearts were proven when their response to fear of the attack was not to run, but to ask Samuel to pray on their behalf. They knew that their only hope was YAHWEH. Samuel prayed, and in verse 9, “the LORD answered him.” “The Lord thundered with loud thunder against the Philistines and threw them into such a panic that they were routed before the Israelites.” (v.10) “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.” (v.12)
There was no doubt that the battle was won because of the Lord. They never wanted to forget their full dependence on Him that day, and how powerfully He acted in response. Looking back on that victory would bring hope for the battles to come.
Ebenezer Collective is a place to set up our own stones of remembrance. Writing our stories will help us grasp and remember what great things the Lord has done in our own lives, and give us hope for future trials. Sharing these stories of grace with others will encourage their faith, and open doors to deeper conversations.
Let’s change the conversation on social media, and aim to be vulnerable, not impressive. Relatable, not critical. Unifying, not polarizing. God-honoring, not self-promoting. Join the collective, and set up your own stones. Share the stories that can only be explained by the power and grace of God. Be encouraged by modern day miracles that are happening all around us, and stand in awe of the Lord’s powerful work in our generation!