The 19th-century hymnwriter Ira D. Sankey was walking with his young son on a cold winter day. As they came to an icy spot, Mr. Sankey said, “My boy, you’d better let me take your hand.”

The youngster didn’t want to take his hand from his warm pocket, so he disregarded his father’s suggestion. Just then he lost his footing and took a nasty fall. “All right, Daddy,” he said, “let me hold on to your coat.”

But the boy’s weak grip was not enough to hold him up when his feet went out from under him again. Getting up, he said, “Daddy, you’d better hold my hand!” He didn’t fall again.

The psalmist Asaph nearly took a spiritual fall (Ps. 73:2). He saw wicked people enjoying prosperity, getting their desires, and dying without pain (vv.3-12), yet he was “chastened every morning” despite his upright life (vv.13-14). Envious, he almost concluded that it was futile to live a godly life.

But when he focused on God, he realized that the wicked are in slippery places, headed for judgment (vv.17-20). Confessing his foolishness, he recognized that God upholds and will reward those who trust in Him (vv.21-24).

Put your hand in God’s hand. It’s your best guarantee against falling in life’s slippery places.