I was cleaning off my desk, organizing and dealing with all my sticky notes and I came across one that had this verse, 1 Samuel 7:12 with the words, So Far So God. I don’t even know the source of where I found it.
When I read Bible verses, I like to read the entire passage containing the verse so I get the full context. I started in Chapter 7 verse 1. For 20 years the ark of the Lord was kept in the house of Abinadab in Kirjath Jearim. Israel lamented so the prophet Samuel told the people “If you return to the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtoreth’s from among you, and prepare yours hearts for the LORD, and serve Him only; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.”
So the Israelites did what Samuel said and put away the Baal’s and the Ashtoreth’s and served the LORD only. The Philistines did go down against them and the LORD thundered so loud that it confused the enemy and Israel went after them and drove them away.
Verse 12, Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”
So far, so God! God has helped me so many times, especially in recent days and weeks. My husband had a hernia operation and isn’t able to do a lot of things around the home place. He can’t lift, push or pull anything heavier than 15 pounds. He hurts when he bends over. I don’t want him to damage the surgical mesh so I’ve been trying to do all of what he was used to doing around here.
And wow have I been exhausted. I sure have a much fuller appreciation for all that stuff he does. And guess what? He wanted to drive around with me on one of those days before he returned to work, to keep me company and spend time with me. While I ran the errands and did shopping, he got a chance to see all the stuff that I do around and for the home place. He got a bit of appreciation for me too. 🙂
Anyway, during all this with hubby, I’ve also been driving an hour and 15 minutes down to help Mom pay her bills and do her errands, and drive an hour and a half to take her to Ft Worth to doctor appointments, then back to her house and then on back home to my house. It’s pretty much an all day deal when I’m having a day helping down there. Being in the car 6 hours and sitting in doctors office takes a lot of energy, for me anyway.
Through all of this, the good Lord has helped me and strengthened me. It’s so amazing to see what all He does for me. All I have to do is call out to Him and He’s right here with whatever I need. I know that He loves me and He wants to help me. I give Him all the praise and glory for His great and awesome goodness to me and my family. I know that He will always be here for me, all through today and tomorrow (no matter what is going on in the world).
Let me share a little something that came to me as I was reading this passage.
In chapter 7 of 1 Samuel, it tells of Samuel offering a lamb to God as s burnt offering. When I read in the Old Covenant of a lamb being offered as a sacrifice, it is a foreshadow of Christ Jesus who was the lamb that took away my sins, our sins.
I was reminded of something so magnificent. Jesus always was there as God, before God created us and the universe. Jesus existed before creation. The Father sent Jesus to earth to save us. We all (believers) know this. How did this Jesus God who is everywhere (in every place), all the time (past-present-future), who is bigger than the universe, fit Himself into the tiny microscopic sized sperm and into the human being Mary to grow into a human body Himself?
How did He put Himself into the small human shell of a body, when you compare a tiny human body to the size of the entire universe, comparing our limitations to His infinite person? We human beings, in comparison to the universe, aren’t even a drop of water in the ocean. He was unlimited before He came to earth, no boundaries. When He came to live in human form, He took on the same physical limitations that we humans have. It is just beyond my comprehension how Jesus did that.
What is more astounding to me is, why He did that. Why He left His home in heaven to come down here to a tiny planet in the cosmos and live in a human shell of a body – to save me?
That is true LOVE! We don’t even know the full extent of what LOVE really is. LOVE IS this God we serve. We love Him because He first LOVED us.
This is why we get to spend eternity praising and worshipping our God. It will be so wonderful to throw off the concerns and restraints of this life to go to heaven and be with the Lord forever.
Back to my story of Samuel. He set up a stone as a memorial to remind Israel that the LORD helped them. I think I might find a nice stone and write on it – So far, so God 1 Sam 7:12. I will set the stone out for us as a reminder that God is ever present helping us and we should always say “thank You Father”. When family and friends ask about the stone, it will be an opportunity for us to declare the goodness of the Lord to them. But mainly we will remember our God Who loves us, even through all our difficulties but also through our good times.
Remember, So Far So God!