He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn. – Psalms 18:33-36 (NIV)
The father has been in the role of provider in most cultures during the course of human history. Whether that was carried out by hunting, gathering, commerce or trade, he was responsible for supplying his family with the means to barter for goods and services that supported an acceptable lifestyle. This has slowly become more about money.
It is an easy trap to fall into. We can get too focused on our earning power and lose sight of our providing power. They are two very different things. While our responsibility to care for the needs of our children is clear, the way to do so can be muddied by cultural pressures. God put us in the lives of our children to love them, encourage them and build them up in the same way He does for His children. He does not put us in our children’s lives to earn more money to buy them more stuff.
The Psalmist found comfort and safety in serving a God who cared for him in ways he could not care for himself. He took joy in belonging to a God who fends for him, empowers him and takes action on his behalf. God provides exactly what we need and we have the privilege to pass that along to our children.
Lord, help me to keep my eyes on providing what my children truly need and not on what the world tries to bait me with. Give me a heart that trusts wholly in Your love and grace.