He Gives AND Takes Away

Job 1:21 “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Tradgedy isn’t a strong enough word to describe what Job had gone through. In one day he lost his children, servants and animals. Before one messenger could finish reporting the bad news another servant would enter with more bad news.

When all the horror had been reported Job, who must have been in shock falls to the ground and praises God.

The only possible explanation for this is that Job had walked with God through many other seasons of hardship. In the many smaller trials he had experienced he must have come to a confidence in God that you only get when you weather storms with Him. He must have knew that he knew that God is good.

While it may seem impossible for us to go through something like Job did and come out praising Him, even when we don’t understand why it happened, even though we can’t reconcile our pain with a good father that is love. The words of job hold a key that can set us absolutely free from fear and doubt.

We are born without a thing and we leave with nothing. God gives and He takes away. We can find strength for our faith in that way of thinking. We can understand that God has a purpose and a plan for us that cannot be detoured, even by own poor choices. As soon as we repent and return to His plan He can work on getting us back on track. God’s “yesses” and “nos” lead us through life like leaves on a river.

Whatever God allows in our life, we can trust that He is good. When He created us, as in Adam and Eve, He chose to put us in a garden. He surrounded us with everything we needed. He walked with us and talked with us. He could have created us and thrown us into a work camp and watched us suffer, that’s not our God.

The lie that sold Eve on Satan’s plan was that there was something more than what God provided, something that would make their perfect existence even better.

When you believe that God’s heart towards you is good, you are able to trust His “yesses” AND His “nos.” You can stand the sun AND the rain. You can make the same confession as Job did, and say blessed is the name of the Lord.

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