17 Every generous act of giving and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father who made the heavenly lights, in whom there is no inconsistency or shifting shadow. – James 1:17 ISV
When God created the world, after each day’s work,we are told that “God saw that it was good” .
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day – Genesis 1:31 NIV
Everything in this world was created good and perfect to last forever and was given to man by God to enjoy and have dominion over it all. Then man sinned and decay and rot started in all of God’s creation. But God had a plan to fix all that even before He laid the foundations of the earth . So, He gave us “THE good and perfect gift”, Himself, to die on a cross to redeem all of creation. He is still in the business of giving good gifts to us. This very moment is called the “present” because it is a gift from God. The good earth we enjoy, the very air that we breathe, every particle of food that we eat are all gifts from God. When He gives them, they are good gifts, but we have chosen to belittle and desecrate those gifts by refusing to give thanks to the Creator of all things. Every second of our life is a gift from God and we need to give Him praise, glory and honor for those precious seconds. Our attitudes should always be an attitude of humility and thankfulness. We should stand in awe of our awesome God.
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
Samuel then took a large stone and placed it between the towns of Mizpah and Jeshanah.[a]
He named it Ebenezer (which means “the stone of help”), for he said, “Up to this point the Lord
has helped us!” — 1 Samuel 7:12 NLT
When the Philistines were attacking Israel, they were defeating them in every battle. The people called for Samuel and asked him to sacrifice to the Lord and pray for their deliverance. Samuel told the leaders to gather all the people and meet him at Mizpah. The people met Samuel there where they fasted all day and confessed their sins before God. Just as Samuel was sacrificing the burnt offering, the Philistines arrived to attack Israel. Because of their fasting and praying, God relented and caused the Philistines to be so completely confused that the Israelites were able to defeat them and chase them away. To show their appreciation for the deliverance and the answer to their prayers, Samuel raised up a stone in that location and called it Ebenezer which means “a stone of help”. Each evening, we should look back over our lives and recognize those areas where God has given us victory over satan and his dominions. Then, we should take the time to symbolically “raise our Ebenezer” by taking time to praise God and thank Him for his great mercies. We should bow our heads and our knees in honor of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords because it is only by His help that we have come this far and only by His help will we make it home to spend eternity with Him. There is victory and joy in Jesus and there is failure and defeat without Him. Give Him the glory that He so richly deserves for all of our victories. Sing praises to His Name and marinate yourself in His goodness.