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November 25, 1993

Can I Help Today?

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Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. PSALM 68:19
The God we serve literally asks us on a daily basis, “Can I help?” He’s not pushy. He doesn’t demand to help; He’s just always available. Notice that David did not say, “Praise be to the LORD … who bears our burdens.” He said, “Praise be to the LORD . . . who daily bears our burdens.”
Life is so daily. That is especially true in the work context. When we drive to the office in the morning, we’re not really sure what’s going to happen to us that day, but we have enough experience in life to know that it might not all be good. There may be computer troubles to deal with, perplexing problems to solve, deals that fall through, or people who don’t do their jobs correctly.
Whatever the situation, Jesus wants to help us bear our burdens. He offers to be a pack mule for the stuff in life that we’d rather not carry and we’re not sure we can handle all by ourselves. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest,” he says in Matthew 11:28. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you,” writes the apostle Peter (1 Peter 5:7).
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus instructs His followers not to worry about tomorrow because each day has enough troubles of its own (Matthew 6:34). If we follow His advice and live for Him one day at a time, Psalm 68:19 says we have a daily Volunteer Who is ready and willing to help us. If we choose not to worry about tomorrow and instead focus on today, Jesus says, “I’m here.”

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