“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”
– Job 1:21
The Bible tells us that Job was upright and blameless. He loved the Lord and shunned evil. He was the most tested Christian of all time. When we think we’re enduring a test from God, we naturally compare it to the test that Job went through. Job never cursed God – his wife did, interestingly enough – but he did not.
What Job declares in the 21st verse of the first chapter is probably the most REAL statement anyone could make. It’s a statement of fact to be sure – and some of us would do well to heed this humbling reminder. From dust we are made – and to dust we will return – or at least this human body will.
We’re not deserving of anything just because we were born. What a ridiculous notion to teach a child! The world owes you nothing. God owes you nothing – yet in spite of that, God gave His most precious gift – and we recently celebrated the birth of Christ. At Easter we will celebrate the final part of salvation’s plan for fallen man – His death, burial and resurrection! This is the hope of every born again Christian! Life eternal with Him. Praise God for His remarkable gift to us!
We don’t know why He does some things – or why He doesn’t do other things. We just have to say that He gives and He takes away – and praise Him no matter what. He inhabits the praises of His people. If we don’t praise Him, the rocks will cry out to praise Him! We are tossed about in this life, but let’s run to Christ as a first response, not a last resort.
The toys you acquire while on this planet are not lasting. You cannot take them with you when you die. I know we don’t like to think about it, but it’s the truth. God doesn’t mind us having nice things but keep in mind that He is a jealous God and will not have anything put before Him in your heart. He must be in first place, or He will not be there at all.
The devil will try you, and God will test you, but remember it is to make you stronger and increase your faith. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the LORD. You can take the King James away from the blogger, but you can’t get the blogger to forget the version she memorized. Um… something like that.
Before I go, I want to emphasize the fact that the phrase THE LORD GIVETH does not mean that God gives things like sickness or death to you. God gives good gifts to His children. Job went through this trial because satan told God that he could get Job to curse Him. God gave satan permission to try Job – and try him he did – to the max. God told satan he could do anything except kill Job.
Job came through satan’s trial and never cursed God. He just kept praising Him. How cool is that? I don’t know about you, but that gives me strengthened faith and hope for my Christian walk. 🙂