I shall never forget the message Pastor Joseph Bower brought to the RBC Ministries staff in a chapel session a number of years ago. He used three Scripture texts (2 Timothy 2:19; Psalm 103:14; 2 Peter 2:9) to point out that God understands us perfectly—our weaknesses, our limitations, our very nature.
What I remember most vividly from Pastor Bower’s sermon, though, was a personal experience he shared that illustrated Psalm 103:14. A man of great size and strength, he was active in the construction of church buildings in addition to preaching.
One day he wanted to move a steel beam weighing about 300 pounds, so he asked his son to grab the other end and set it in place. The young man tried to lift the huge girder, but he couldn’t. In fact, he ended up in the hospital. Pastor Bower was heartbroken. Because of his own strength, he had overlooked his son’s relative weakness. He went on to say that our heavenly Father will never overlook His children’s weaknesses, for “He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14).
If you are under a heavy load today, take comfort in the knowledge that the Lord will never burden you with more than you can carry.
He knows our burdens and our crosses,
Those things that hurt, our trials and losses;
He cares for every soul that cries,
God wipes the tears from weeping eyes. —Brandt
God, who knows our load limit, graciously limits our load.
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