Re:Verse reading–1 Samuel 7 (day one)
“In repentance and rest you shall be saved.”–Isaiah 30:15
“Then Samuel took a stone and set it up. . . and named it Ebenezer “stone of [God’s] help”–1 Samuel 7:12
It was a sermon in stone. An object lesson. A reminder of the victory and rest that comes when God has all of my heart rather than just part of it.
Samuel traveled the length of the nation preaching his powerful sermon–v 3. As hearts began to soften, he called the nation to a solemn assembly at Mizpah–a moment of public repentance. When the Philistines were not amused and sent an army to break up this revolt-in-the-making, God came! Came to help. Came to give victory.
After the battle was over, Samuel wanted Israel (us) to mark and remember the lesson. When I repent ( honest with God, full surrender, single identity), God comes to help! What wasn’t possible before, now is. Then I can rest.