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Not Alone

In the Word

… where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 121:1b, 2).

Of the Word

“No! I do it by self!” cried the determined three-year-old. “When I get it figured out, Mom, I’ll let you know,” said the equally-determined teenager when her mother offered help. Both the child and the teen rejected help in favor of “going it alone.”

Do those words and attitudes come from God’s people? Too often, we choose to strike out on our own trying to do it by ourselves. We forget the Lord has promised to share every burden.

He promised Joshua, leader of the children of Israel, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Joshua 1:5b). Joshua had served faithfully for years when God assigned him the new and formidable task of taking the Israelites into Canaan. Joshua was an ordinary man but he became extraordinary when God’s Spirit blessed him with strength and courage. What task awaits you? Big or small, you don’t have to “go it alone.” Our heavenly Father stands ready to lead you to it and help you through it.

Walking with my Lord

Dear Lord, sometimes I am like a willful child, stubbornly refusing Your help. Send Your Spirit to soften my heart and remind me of Your promise to be my Helper. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Mustard Seed: Comfort from the Psalms. Authors: Marcia Gomulka & Myrna Lou Meyer. 11/30 ©2009 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105.

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