The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away?

Job 1:21  And said: "Naked I came out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither; the LORD gave, and the LORD taketh away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

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.

Job 38:1 - 2 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: “Who is this that obscures my plans with 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. Rather let's focus on the greater promises we have in the New Covenant!

Romans 11:29  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

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.

Video: Brother Tom Tompkins talking about the Book of Job and the Lord taking away.

https://youtu.be/PjIFuFvWnWw

4 COMMENTS

    • God has not changed Tom. He is the first and the last- and He is the same yesterday today and forever. He chastens, He disciplines those who are His children, who are all partakers of His discipline or they are not His children. It says so in Hebrews, which is in the New Covenenant of the Bible. You have been preaching like only things that we like to happen are from God, and He desires for us to live anyway we are in error to live.

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