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He gives and takes away…

February 18, 2010

In the last few verses of Job (book in the Bible) it reads this :

20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” 22 In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.

Job had everything in life. Putting it in todays terms, the way I see it, He had the American dream. Money, family, friends, security, you name it Job had it and he loved Christ in it.

And then it was taken away. God allowed Job to go through suffering. Did I just say that? God allows people to suffer? I don’t hear that preached in many churches in America. And yet, Job, though he lost everything responds in a way that is glorifying to God.

It says that he did not sin or charge God with the wrong that was happening to him. He understood right at the beginning of his hardship that nothing is his, that God gave all and can take all at any time. In fact he blesses the name of the Lord while it is being taken away.

God is sovereign in everything. He gives and takes away. Want to mature in faith? Ask God to help you understand this.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 18, 2010 4:15 pm

    Great last line there. A prayer that is easy to utter but very hard to accept.

  2. February 18, 2010 4:59 pm

    I think what really trips people up is not so much the fact that God ALLOWS suffering but that he actually designs it for us. He knows the way of the righteous. We don’t like to attribute God with suffering but like to rescue him from it. God specifically designed the cross for His one and only Son. Pretty intense stuff. We believe that God works all things together for our “good” but that “good” may not always be what we thought.

  3. February 19, 2010 2:45 pm

    “Want to mature in faith? Ask God to help you understand this.” <— great line, and honestly makes me give asking God for maturity in faith a second thought.

  4. February 20, 2010 5:41 am

    hey ben. good post. i have a blog now with biblical and philosophical type postings. i enjoy reading yours. hope you enjoy mine as well.

    • Benjamin Davis permalink*
      February 23, 2010 1:18 am

      Josh I will check your out bro for sure. Nice to know you are reading, thanks.

  5. April 5, 2011 12:51 pm

    Like the fellow above, praying a prayer like that one, gives me “cause for pause.” Still praising Him – Marsha

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