Read 1 Samuel 7:8-12
Samuel took a stone … and named it Ebenezer; for he said, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”
— 1 Samuel 7:12 (NRSV)
PRAYER: Loving Father, thank you for hearing our prayers. Help us to trust your faithfulness. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: What can I use as a reminder of God’s faithfulness?
Charles Warner | The Union Times Are you a godly man? A godly woman? Is this community a godly one? Is this nation? Tough questions and, for much of the time, tougher answers, especially if we are willing to be honest with ourselves. Truth be told, godliness is a difficult thing to achieve and all to easy too lose or never attain in the first place. That’s because human beings are imperfect, fallen from the state of perfection that was once our birthright and into a sinful nature all too easily tempted into error and even outright wickedness. Worse yet, we can’t, on our own, change our condition without help. The good news is, however, that help is available through the Lord Jesus Christ who, if we confess our sins to Him and accept Him as our Lord and Savior and allow Him to lead and guide and direct us through His Holy Spirit, will lead us away from our fallen nature and help us become godly people. When we do that, then, while still admitting our imperfections and our need every day for our Savior’s love, forgiveness, and guidance, answer in the affirmative.