He Gives & Takes Away

Monday, November 14, 2016

“Naked I come 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)

Life is full of ups and downs. We all have stories of the highest mountaintop moments, the lowest valleys, and everything in between. This week, I personally experienced several wonderful blessings but also some moments of hurt and confusion. Throughout every tiny detail in our lives, God is still sovereign and good. He cares for us unfathomably and He is the One who gives and takes away.

A lot of people may wonder why, if God is a good God, He allows pain and suffering in our lives. Honestly, I’ve often pondered this question myself. None of us can know the exact reasoning and plans of God, but we can cling to His promises. The Lord assures us that none of our suffering is in vain. In His kindness, He orchestrates everything together for our good if we love Him. God loves us way too much to allow pointless suffering to cloud our lives.

In 2 Corinthians 4:10, we are told that, “Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.” Although God is not the ultimate cause of our suffering, He allows heartache into our lives so that Christ may be glorified. Ultimately, God uses pain to bring us and others closer to Himself.

Even though the Lord permits hardships into our lives, He always allows something new to be born. 

It may be hard to see the silver lining, but in Christ, there is unfailing hope. If we draw near to His heart and find our rest in Him, He will replace our sadness and mourning with joy and peace. Throughout our suffering, God never leaves us alone to dry. The Lord is emotionally involved in every aspect of our lives. Because He cares so much about us, He turns our sorrow into immense joy. He delights in blessing us if our hearts are chasing after Him.
So how should we respond in times of trial and what should we do in points of prosperity? Like Job, we should recognize that God gives and takes away. Everything He does is good and all His plans are right. The Lord alone is worthy of all of our praise. In the ups, downs, and everything in between, we should worship our Heavenly Father, praising Him for all that His is and all that He’s done.

Dear Father, thank You for Your goodness. In times of mourning and in times of rejoicing, help me to remember that You alone are worthy of my praise. Let me not lose sight of Your steadfast love for me. Teach my heart to trust in You during the times when You give and the times when You take away. Thank You that, in You, suffering will not last forever and joy will come in the morning. I love you, Father. Amen.

How do you respond when heartache strikes?
How do you respond when blessings are poured out?
How do you respond during the mundaneness of everyday life?
Spend some time this week in worship.
This week, start a gratitude journal so that your heart will be set in a state of praise.

Written by: Mikayla Moreen

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