Till Now He Has Helped Me


Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, "Till now the Lord has helped us." — 1 Samuel 7:12

There's a powerful story behind this moment. Samuel, one of Israel's judges, was identifying this day as a day of remembrance. It was so important that he stood up a stone and named it Ebenezer, which meant "Till now the Lord has helped us." But it's the story behind the stone that is profound.

So Samuel, just before this moment, has gathered the nation of Israel for a day of repentance. It was a national call for a return to God and to live all in for him. He instructed them, prayed for them, and made commitments with them throughout the day as they cried out in repentance to God. Meanwhile, their longtime arch-enemy, the Philistines, gathered forces to destroy them while they were defenseless, commemorating this moment. So while the nation of Israel is worshipping, the Philistines surround them. Surrounded, exposed, and unarmed, Samuel calls out to the people from the altar of God and commands them to continue with worship rather than arming themselves. As the Philistines approach the border of their meeting, Samuel offers a sacrifice on the altar for the nation's sin — a spotless lamb whose life was offered for their disobedience and sin. And listen to what happened next.

But the Lord thundered with a mighty sound that day against the Philistines and threw them into confusion, and they were defeated before Israel. And the men of Israel went out from Mizpah and pursued the Philistines and struck them, as far as below Beth-car. Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, "Till now the Lord has helped us." — 1 Samuel 7:10-12

Samuel was a leader who understood this one thing — that people are prone to forget. To forget all the great things God has done for them. And to help them remember, he commanded the people to stand up a stone. A standing stone. Reminding them of all the great things God had done and will do for those who remember him. He called it their Ebenezer, meaning "till now the Lord has helped us."

This name is so important because it reminds us of two things. First, it reminds us that we are prone to forget God, our help, and salvation. Second, it reminds us that our sustenance from him is always and only day to day and moment to moment. So take a moment right now to remember what God has done for you. Remember an Ebenezer moment in your life of God's salvation to you when you thought all was lost. And if you are brave, share it below, and stand it up, so others will see what an amazing and faithful God we serve!

ASK THIS: What's your Ebenezer moment? (Share it below.)

DO THIS: Reflect and be thankful.

PRAY THIS: God, forgive me for forgetfulness. I am reminded of you and your faithfulness to me today, and I am thankful.

PLAY THIS: Come Thou Fount — Celtic Worship.


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25 thoughts on “Till Now He Has Helped Me

  1. Keith Thompson says:

    I am thankful of Gods persistence in my Life, as I have walked away from him and his promises he has always proven Faithful to to Call me back home to his love, protection and promises. for this I am truly thankful. thank you God for all that you do for me

  2. Keith Panicko says:

    Wow. So much God has done for me. His faithfulness getting me through a brain tumor, not letting it be cancer , healing me from gout while I was going through the toughest times of my life. Yes, hoping not to forget how great and awesome Our God Is. Having brothers praying for me whom were just introduced to me within the previous 3 months of surgery along with family and brothers and sisters from my church. It was amazing. I give thanks to our Almighty God and the brothers and sisters He put in my life. Who prayed and the brotherhood that will continue. Thank you Father God for hearing our prayers. 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌

  3. Dennis says:

    Back in 2009, after years of being the Prodigal Son , I was saved in 1985 but walked away in 1989. That day in 2009, when I was going to check out, God saved me again , literally from death.

  4. Rex says:

    25 years ago I had a breakdown in ministry and I was raising two little kids with nowhere to go. Today I have all the ministry I can handle by his grace. Only because of him

    • Daniel Rushton says:

      The end of 2003 i hit my lowest point, suicidal lowest point. My dad and best friend died, because of that i owed over $40,000 in state and federal taxes, i loosing the place i lived in and my health was rocky. In the middle of trying end my life, Jesus came to me and said “I am your Shepard, follow me”. So I did. I put my faith in him. Now, thanks to God and his son, I’m almost debt free, married to my new best friend who I’ve had a crush on since high school, live in a loving home that is run by God, and well my healt is still rocky but its easier to deal with. Praise God for his love and Grace and Praise Jesus for coming to me that day. If not for them I wouldn’t be here.

      • Rex Wright says:

        Amen Daniel – I can relate totally! So happy for where you’re at now with your wife Could you email me your phone number and maybe we can chat sometime

  5. Jason B. Taylor says:

    As I look back I see clearly how God has provided in major ways in my life. When I was in early elementary school I accepted Jesus into my heart after I realized I needed a Savior & His grace to save me from my sins. When Jesus returns to earth someday I didn’t want to be left behind without him. This moment truly transformed me for years to come. My parents divorced at a previous pre-school age which left me as a stuttering, strong introverted kid with no earthly father in my life. In 5th grade my mom got remarried to a Christian man and we moved on a dairy farm. The blessings of a now Christian dad, a church to learn God’s Word and to be able to grow up in a rural area where I could appreciate God’s presence in His Creation slowly transformed me into someone God could use. I started to grow more spiritually late in high school and when God provided for me miraculously to attend a Christian college. Then God brought me back to SE Wisconsin to work at a Christian school. I accepted the fact that I needed to focus on being single for the year after college. Then a few months after that acceptance God brought my future Christian wife to the school as a teacher and we were married 11 months later. Then a miraculous provision of our house 20 months later and 2 kids to follow. I shared several moments in my life because it truly is evidence of a miracle how God transformed and continues to daily transform me at 48 years old from that sad situation I was in as a young boy because of that one moment of salvation!

  6. Jeff says:

    This past week I have prayed for God to help me to see him working in my life. No secrets here, I hadn’t felt him lately. After the first prayer, he showed himself in less than 1 hour, and is continuing to show me how much he is doing in my life. The thing I have realized is that he had never stopped being there, I just wasn’t looking for him. God will help you, you just have to ask and look for him. God is so good.

  7. David J says:

    I cannot count the times God has intervened in my life with his grace and blessings. I am beyond grateful to him. Glory to my Lord.

  8. Jim R says:

    I was found to have an enlarged upper aorta. It’s the big artery that attaches to the heart and ALL the bodys blood flows through it. Mine was 5.1 cm (average is 3.5). The doctor told me he was glad he did not have what I had…..nice guy…. AT THAT MOMENT I said ‘God you knew I would be here right now’ so I thank you for your Presence and your love. I trusted Him for healing; and He came through as He always does…..

  9. Eric says:

    God saved my life 18 years ago. On that day I was COMPLETELY broken and he lifted me up and brought me into his Family. Thank you Lord for hearing my cries and saving me. I LOVE You

  10. Eddie Ackerman says:

    Except for two years of my adult life, all but 3 months of my choice, I have had a job that helps me pay bills and provide for my family. I am now 35 years old and getting ready to, by my own choice, transition out of the work force and return to being a full time stay at home dad/chauffeur for the family, wife and 4 kids. I know that God will provide for me and my family as we adjust to our new normal, and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities this transition and new normal will provide for my growth in my faith in Him.

    • Jim R says:

      A dad at home with kids is a great opportunity!! YOU are the one to input information to form their values and understanding, not some one else. You can recognize kids that know their dad and a dad that knows his kids…..#thegreatadventure.

  11. Rich Thomas says:

    The day I repented and God took away my addiction to pornography. I have not struggled with it since that day. god is not closest to us when we are at our best but when we are at our lowest. Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe.

  12. Walter says:

    Too many moments in my life I felt alone & terrified of the things I couldn’t control: 1985 arriving at The United States after leaving everything behind in Nicaragua, almost loosing my wife in 2010 & GOD providing healing through a kidney transplant. THANK YOU LORD BECAUSE YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN FAITHFUL ✋🏼🤚🏼

  13. Ed Masseth says:

    The moment I was alone and in despair on a summer night my junior year of high school and he opened my eyes to the insignificance of some things I was fretting over and reminding me of the things that are important. Also that night I was overwhelmed by an almost literal feeling of his presence and his love for me that I will never forget.

  14. Darin P says:

    My stumbling across a Bible study video series on 30 Virtues for men. The guy leading this was someone who instantly I could relate to somehow. Our paths of life were drastically different but his message went directly to my heart and knew God knew that I needed Vince Miller at this point in my Faith Journey! Can’t thank you enough my brother and the new brothers that you lead me too! 🙏🏻❤️

  15. Trent says:

    I have some big ones but there is something important in this small one. I was in a bad place. Struggling hard with all my day to day struggles of raising a family in a sinful world. I was sinking into a “sit and pout” where I can barely force myself to do the bare minimum to get by. Well I have a favorite fountain pen. It was lost or I thought perhaps stolen by one of my kids. I looked EVERYWHERE twice.. asked the kids trying hard not to be accusing. It was days. I new it was just a pen but I wanted it. And I prayed to God and said I know it is silly and just a pen but Lird I want my pen. I do not care who has it or what happened I just want it back. I found it that day in the same spot I had looked multiple times. In this God said I have you. I know your needs. I will take care of them big and small. He cared enough about my mental state to give me a stupid pen. And in the small thing I was shown a big point and it made all the difference. I still praise God for fountain pen moments. He really loves us as people and not pawns or tools. An ink pen…..

  16. Art says:

    I cannot count the times that God has intervened in my life and still does today – He is worthy of praise worship and obedience – thank you Vince for your devotional time for us – thank you for being an instrument of God – thank you Jesus – blessings to you and your family – praise God

  17. Mark says:

    All of my life I’ve heard people say that they had been delivered from some affliction or sin. While I understood that, I really didn’t have a frame of reference nor did I fully grasp what that might be like. These past few months have been an incredible journey – I now know what it is to be delivered from sin. God has delivered me from the sin of sexual immorality, pornography and living outside of His will for my life. As life long believer, for many years I stepped away and lived a life of selfless immorality and sin. I praise God every day because HE never left me and has brought me through that dark time in my life. That’s my Ebenezer moment and I’ll be forever grateful for his grace and his mercy!

  18. Taylor says:

    I first met God in college when I was surrounded by guilt, shame and lies addicted to pornography and hiding it from my long time girl friend. He gave me the strength to tell her and come clean, while placing on her heart forgiveness and mercy! We have been together for 11 years and married for 6 with two beautiful kids that help me remember His goodness everyday!

  19. Paul Eterno says:

    My latest Ebenezer moment was yesterday when our 35 yo special needs son, PJ, needed to have an extremely difficult tracheotomy performed, and it was done successfully and without complications. Only God could have provided that favor to our son, PJ, and our family. It was our only option to getting him off of s ventilator, and God made a way. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Over 35 years earlier, when our son, PJ, was born with multiple congenital anomalies, the doctors told us on teo occasions he would not live past a week and then past 18 months; and here we are more than 35 years later. God had different plans for our son, then and now!! He is a Good, Good Father, ALWAYS!

  20. Walter says:

    24 years ago my youngest was born , about a month later I was fired from my job, which I had a company truck han was making good money. All if that gone in an instant. Had to go on food stamps ,worked 2 jobs, one I had to drive 120 miles round trip every day. Long drives give a person time to reflect. Fast forward to today my son graduated with honors from college I’m part owner of a successful business , coming up on my 30 year anniversary with my wife. God is good all the time. In HIS time.

  21. Cory B says:

    My sobriety almost 8 years ago. I never did fully appreciate it at the time. Now I realize what a miracle it was and how grateful I am for all the good things I have in my life because He got me sober and brought me back to Him.

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