Does "the Lord taketh away" from us?
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 that 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.
The Lord does not take away
It's 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. We would see the value of Job's counsel later on in the same book.
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. Rather let's focus on the greater promises we have in the New Covenant!
God wants to bless us
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. For God to take away something now, He would need to apologize to Jesus.
The enemy wants to destroy and take away
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). And He wants a relationship with you.