#DailyDevotion God Doesn’t Give You More Than He Can Bear
Introit (Ps. 28:1–2, 6–7; antiphon: Ps. 28:8)
The Lord is the strength of his people;* he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
To you, O Lord, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me,* lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit.
Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help,* when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.
Blessèd be the Lord!* for he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;* my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son* and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning,*
is now, and will be forever. Amen.
The world looks upon its own strength. Their confession, “God doesn’t give you more than you can bear.” shows this. This is not biblical. It is not true. The truth is the nothing happens to us that isn’t common to all people. The other truth is God doesn’t let anything happen that he can’t bear. So David sings, “The Lord is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed.” Jesus is the Lord’s anointed and you in baptism are in Jesus, so in Jesus this applies to you.
We need to remember to always turn to the Lord to call upon him in the day of trouble. We may think the Lord is deaf and silent to us because we don’t see him acting as we would want him to act. We may feel as if we are headed towards the bottomless pit because there is no hope in sight. But any prayer directed to our Father in heaven prayed with faith in Jesus is heard by the Father above.
So open your mouth and direct pleas for mercy from the Lord Jesus Christ, the like Syrophonecian woman with the demon possessed child who prayed for help and uses Jesus’ word to get her requests from him. Cry to the Lord for help. He will hear and answer you. Believe Jesus’ promise “ask and you will receive” and “ask the Father for anything and he will give it to you.”
Having presented your request follow David’s lead and give thanks unto the Lord and so bless him. For you can be certain the Lord has heard your pleas for mercy. You can be sure your Father in heaven has heard your prayer and will answer it in the way that is best for you and for the glory of Christ and for his Church. Cast yourself upon Christ for he is your strength and shield. With the Lord’s strength and his shield we can bear anything, handle anything and for that we exult the Lord Jesus Christ and give him thanks and praise.
Heavenly Father, grant that our mouths may ever be open towards you, making our request with faith, praise and thanksgiving, receiving strength from your right hand until you grant us relief and send your answer from above. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.