Job 1:21 And said, 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.
When a person starts to awaken to the truths of the New Covenant, the first casualty of the renewed mind is the worship music we sing in church. When we begin to understand things like our union with God, and how we are complete in Christ lacking nothing, much of our worship music loses meaning.
One Sunday afternoon, I was reminded of this when I attended a church service where a good friend of mine was preaching. A song came up, that included the line “He gives and takes away.” I stood there, in silence, remembering the last time we encountered this song, in Singapore, we instructed the worship team to remove those lines, with a few others, from the song.
Its important to remember that the idea that God gives and takes away, was spoken by Job. But on examination of the first few chapters of the book of Job, can we find where Job’s family, life and business were taken by God? On the contrary, we read that it was the enemy who took away all those things. Further in the book of Job, we see the value of Job’s counsel later on in the same book.
Job 38:1 – 2 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
I’m not tackling the issues of the Sovereignty of God, neither the notion that the devil needs permission from God to do these things. Those are conversations for another time. What I am addressing is the better promises we have in the New Covenant!
Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
God is in the giving business. It was when we least deserved it, when we were sinners and enemies of God in our minds, that the Father sent Jesus. Everything we have is by His Grace, based on the finished work of Jesus Christ. For God to take away something now, He would need to apologize to Jesus.
The enemy is the one who comes to devour. (1 Peter 5:8) God is not playing mind games, He is not the source of our problems as well as the solutions to them. No one could have a trusting relationship with a person who could one day be your blessing and another day be your curse. God is stable, consistent and always Good (1 John 1:5).
Brother Tom Tompkins talking about Understanding the Book of Job