We’ve all come across one of those obnoxious kids that have been spoiled rotten, and don’t seem to value either the stuff they’ve got, or anybody else. Sadly, parents have all too often substituted spending money in place of spending good quality time with their kids, and they’ve not taken the trouble to furnish them with boundaries.
That’s not how our Father God handles us, his children. He is a good, good Father. One way he demonstrates it is hidden in Psalm 66. He keeps our feet from slipping (v9). And how does he do this? By testing and refining us; putting us through all sorts of challenges. The ‘Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme’ does the same sort of thing – presents young people with many challenges to work their way through, to help them become fitter, wiser, more capable human beings.
It’s tough love: but flabby, overindulged children do not have the wherewithal to make good Christian soldiers. The testing times you experience are just that – testing times. But with the grace of God, and the power of the Holy Spirit, you can rise through these experiences to become an effective, useful member of God’s Kingdom here on earth. Hang in there, you can do it. God doesn’t plan for any of us to fail; he’ll show the way.
Praise be to God who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me! (v20)