Re:Verse reading–1 Samuel 7 (day five) vs. 12 Then Samuel took a stone…and named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” True repentance helps us see and understand God more accurately in the three tenses. It’s in the name of the stone- Ebenezer “Thus far the Lord has helped us”. Only after they repented, the Israelites recognized: 1- God was helping in the past (thru sorrow, defeat, depression) 2- God is helping in the present (joy, deliverance, nearness) 3- God will help in the future (His nature, character, promises are un-changing). There was gratitude for the past. There was joy in the present. There was hope for the future.
Romans 2:4- The kindness of God leads you to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9- not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. Psalm 46:1- God is a very present help.
Anyone want/need that kind of perspective and hope? Repent and believe!!