The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away

We all know the story of Job, the man who suffered many calamities, who suddenly lost practically everything he had: Riches, children, etc. This story has not only been an example of everything that can happen to a man of God, but also an example of fidelity to God, an example of God restoring man and that we must go through fire to be tested.

Let’s see this quote about Job:

20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship

21 and said:

“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.”

22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

Job 1:20-22

Possibly verse 21 of this text has become one of the most remembered verses in the Bible, specifically the phrase: The Lord gave, and the Lord took away. Do you realize? Job had lost his material assets, he was a too rich man, however, we see that he was not even clinging to his possessions, since despite of losing everything he understood that he was born naked and that he would die in the same way.

Material goods should not be the most important for us either, since one day we will die and we will not be able to take anything away. The attitude that we must follow is that of Job. If we have a correct concept of this, then we will know how to live the Christian life correctly.

Job was also clear that just as God gives us something He can take it from us, and that if we bless God when He gives us something we should also bless Him when He takes something away, even if the situation is exasperating, just as happened with this fearful man of God .

The most important thing is that despite all the situations that Job was going through, he never sinned against our blessed God. In this same way, we ask God to keep us firm in the face of any eventuality of life.

Take delight in the Lord
Create in me a pure heart

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4 comments on “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away

  1. Oh Lord, I know everything cometh from you. And I ask this day for a humble spirit to always praise and bless your Holy Name in every situation and circumstances i might find myself in this world. Amen!

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