Ebenezer: So Far So Good

One of the last stops on last summer’s IJM Freedom Tour was Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse in Washington, DC.

Ebenezer’s is a very cool place, a symbol of hope in many different ways. It’s operated by National Community Church on the site of a former crack house.

The name “Ebenezer” comes from I Samuel 7:12. The prophet Samuel set a stone marker and named it Ebenezer (stone of help) with the proclamation, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”

The little cardboard coffee sleeves have a cool acronym, which until last week I misinterpreted. It’s their translation of Samuel’s proclamation—SFSG—which I misread as “So Far So Good.”

That’s how biblical hope works. We look back and see that God has always kept His promises. “Thus far the Lord has helped us” or “So Far So Good.” Based on that history, we look forward with hope, a confident expectation that God will continue to help us and keep His promises.

Last week I looked closer and realized I added a letter. At Ebenezer’s, SFSG stands for “So Far So God.”

Even better.

SFSG. Have a great week.

 

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