Psalm 66:8-12 - Praise our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard; he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping. For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.
I love the brutal honesty of scriptures. I contrast that - in shame - with the script of my life and the brutal pride. Not pride that I'm proud I have it all together, but pride that I'm unwilling to share my faults for fear of shuns. Some might call it pride or arrogance, some might even say it's hypocrisy. Sure, ok.
We all do that, right?
We cross our t's and dot our i's. We make sure that our appearance is up to code. We shore up any frazzled lines that looks like we are out of control. And if some moment or decision happens to run haywire, we quickly defend ourselves by saying, "It's not my fault."
Am I the only one?
Well, when pride is not running the show and I'm broken in humility, I can own up to the faults and failures brought on by my enormous stupidity and ignorance. I'm sure you can as well. But what happens when you're doing everything right and you still get hit with rough times? What happens when it doesn't seem like we deserve what we get?
Psalm 66 has brutal honesty and truth - For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water.
God did this to His people. Why? Well, according to this Psalm, to preserve, protect, deliver, and bless. And probably a few more reasons that I'm missing. Point is - God did it. God fixed it. For God's purpose.
Who know's why things happen the way they do - we surely can't figure them out most of the time. And I really don't think we need to try to figure everything out. Maybe it's God's purpose and we should just be quiet and have faith and let Him do what He wants without complaining.
Wisdom doesn't always demand or need to know the answer to life's problems. Wisdom holds on to faith even in what seem to be foolishness.
We may be tested, refined, imprisoned, burdened, rode over, put through fire and water - but faith and trust in God will also bring us to a place of abundance.