Have you ever felt like the donkey in this picture? When you read the title of this blog, what first comes to mind? Probably most of us would respond in the same way: “I think of all the stuff in this life that I have to carry around every day.” Most would agree that this world sure is a burden maker. Sometimes it is hard to tell whether we’re people or burros? But this blog isn’t about what the world loads on us, but rather what God loads us with.
The Psalmist declares, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! Our God is the God of salvation; and to God the Lord belong escapes from death.” (Psalm 68:19, 20) How often do we consider the daily benefits loaded on us? Sure, there is food and water and clothing and shelter and all the necessaries for living, and when we’re not taking such things for granted, we acknowledge the provisions of God. We watch all of life’s ominous storm clouds broiling around us and cry out in silent prayer, and once they pass, we thank God for His protections. But there is so much more He dispenses each and every day!
His mercy and compassion and great faithfulness is new every morning. (Lamentations 3:22, 23) Yes indeed, He is “rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,” and He gives us “exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:4,7) God brings peace to us, “for He Himself is our peace.” Ephesians 2:14-18) In fact, each day proclaims the wonderful reality that “in Him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28) He brings us hope and is “our hope.” (I Timothy 1:1) He will even carry our stuff, for He cares for us. (see I Peter 5:7; Matthew 11:25-30) And above all – Our God is the God of salvation!
These great blessings and benefits and so much more are piled on us every day. But we tend to lose sight of this in the midst of our burro imitations. Maybe this little epistle will help remind us to bless the Lord – who daily loads us with benefits.