Psalm 91:1-2
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High,
who abides in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;
my God, in whom I trust.”

That God is almighty is often understood to mean that God is bound to take the path of least pain and is especially bound to see that we do, too.  Later in this very psalm come the verses the devil tried to use to tempt Jesus to leap off the temple and float to the ground without harm (with the implication that if God would not save Him from pain, He’s not much of a Beloved Son).  Jesus declined the offer.  He knew that the might of God was not ultimately displayed by never being tested, but by passing through pain instead of around it.  The Almighty was never mightier than when He submitted to death – and conquered it.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a Catholic author, blogger, and speaker.

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