Yesterday our city theologian, Pastor Kelechi Chibuzor and Edorhe John on Whatsapp, brought us to what made them scholars by pointing out that Saul, the son of Kish was a different man to whom we referred. Our sources had said otherwise. I stand corrected. This is how Kelechi puts it for us: ” If you look at Kish, the father of Saul, you will see he is not the same Kish we are dealing with here.” I Samuel 9:1 NKJV). The discourse may now continue. Thank you Kelechi and Edorhe. Now to the matter at hand. The revival we are reading here happened at Samuel’s watch. The people have just repented, and are trying to connect with God when the enemy came to attack. The three lettered word, ”but”, changed their story. The word is a conjunction used to, ” …indicate the impossibility of anything other than what is being stated”. The word changed the biography of Naaman. I’m conjecturing your story. The enemy may appear to be gaining the upper hand, then that conjunction appears. I think the devil hates the word. It implies a termination of a thought out plan. Jesus fits into that framework in the New Testament. Take note of the slaughter of the lamb. Its why you stand victorious today. The help of God through Christ still delivers. No one may understand your experience, but He will continue to be your Ebenezer.
And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel: but the LORD thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Israel…..Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Eben-ezer, saying, Hitherto hath the LORD helped us. 1 Samuel 7:10,12 KJV