Dr. Paul Dhinakaran

God who protects!

Dr. Paul Dhinakaran
21 Mar
We serve the living God who protects His children with His righteous right hand. We read throughout the Old Testament about how our Lord led His children in miraculous ways. He constantly has raised His prophets to instruct His people. The same God is willing to instruct you and guide you in the right direction. Submit yourself into the hands of God and do not worry about the trouble and difficulties you are amidst.   When the Israelites were afraid of the enemies, the Philistines who were before them, Samuel encourages the Israelites to put their trust in the Lord and not on any foreign gods. The Lord answered their prayers and on that day the Lord thundered with loud thunder against the Philistines and threw them into such a panic that they were routed before the Israelites.  (1Samuel 7:10)
It was at this time of distress that the Israelites started acknowledging all the good work that the Lord had done for them in the yester past. Then Prophet Samuel brought a stone and set it up between the two cities of Mizpah and Shen and named it as ‘Ebenezer”. The meaning of this name is “thus far the Lord has helped us.” (1 Samuel 7:12) That was it. Through that one act of placing the stone and magnifying the Lord God Almighty, the Philistines were subdued, and they did not come anymore into the territory of Israel. Then the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron to Gath; and Israel recovered its territory from the hand of the Philistines.
In the same way, God shall stretch forth His hand against your enemies. No enemy can come up against you. Hereafter, your adversaries will not overpower you. “There the Lord will redeem you from the hand of your enemies.” (Micah 4:10). Whatever may be your loss or the difficulties you face, all that you ought to do is to take a firm decision and declare, “God has helped me thus far and He will help me further.” ‘Ebenezer – The Lord has led you thus far’. Truly, the days ahead of you will be prosperous.
“Loving God, I thank You for the wonderful word You spoke to me today. Father, truly You are my Ebenezer, thus far You have led me and I believe that You will lead me for evermore. I commit myself into Your hands. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

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