"Thus far has
the LORD helped us" (1 Samuel ).
I remember the day I placed my faith in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.I was raised in a home where we attended
church weekly and I suppose we considered ourselves religious.In fact I remember my long string of "Sunday
School perfect attendance" pins.But it
wasn’t until I was in High School that I recall being specifically challenged
claims upon my life and the need to personally repent of my sin and accept Him.
Like many, I assumed I was a Christian based upon my church
background or being "good" in comparison to those I perceived as "bad".But after a clear presentation of the Gospel
I knew better.I didn't receive Christ initially and lived in
rebellion for awhile, knowing in my heart that I was not submitting to Christ.God used a popular song at that time, "I wish
we’d all been ready", to bring conviction to my heart. Many of you "old-timers"
have probably heard it.
On August 22, 1971 I was persuaded to attend a
large convention in Kansas City, Missouri
where that evening an evangelist by the name of Lowell Lundstrom*
spoke.I was deeply convicted of my sin
and need for Christ.
At that service I placed my faith in Christ.
Samuel served God some 3,100 years ago as the last
leader during the period of the Judges.In fact he anointed both Saul and David as kings.Samuel served his generation faithfully,
overcoming dangers from without and apostasy from within. In today’s text he
made a tangible memorial to God’s faithfulness to him and the people.He set up a stone and named it Ebenezer
(which means "stone of help"), and stated, "Thus far has the Lord helped us." That must have been a wonderful moment and
it’s my testimony today.
Whether you know the date of your spiritual
birthday or not (and many do not), have you placed your faith in Christ and are you faithfully
serving Him today?Can you join Samuel
and me in proclaiming, "Thus far has the Lord helped us?"I sure hope so!And now my goal is to faithfully serve Christ my entire life and one day,
when my time of transition comes, declare with the Apostle Paul, "I have kept
I met Brooksyne in Bible College in 1973 and we married in 1976. We
have served the Lord together since that time, pastoring several
churches, serving as chaplains and now primarily in this online ministry.
me, He leadeth me, By His own hand He leadeth me; His faithful follower I
would be, For by His hand He leadeth me.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen C. Weber
* Evangelist Lowell Lundstrom is still
faithfully serving the Lord. Here's his website.
I am aware that most readers have already placed
their faith in Christ
and accepted Him as their personal Savior. However you may be reading this and realize
that this is a step you need to take. Here is a concise presentation of the
Gospel with a challenge to receive Christ. I pray that every reader
will be a faithful follower of Christ! "The Four Spiritual Laws"