Give & Take Away

It is up to us to trust in the tough times that God is the same good God we praise when everything is going well.

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21 And said, Naked (without possessions) came I [into this world] from my mother’s womb, and naked (without possessions) shall I depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed (praised and magnified in worship) be the name of the Lord!  22 In all this Job sinned not nor charged God foolishly.  Job 1:21-22 AMPC

10 But he said to her, You speak as one of the impious and foolish women would speak. What? Shall we accept [only] good at the hand of God and shall we not accept [also] misfortune and what is of a bad nature? In [spite of] all this, Job did not sin with his lips.  Job 2:10  AMPC

We live in a world that breeds feelings of entitlement in people’s hearts.  “If it feels right, do it”, “You deserve to be happy”, “The customer is always right”.  That may work in the world, but it has seeped into the hearts of believers as well.  We have this false notion that we are somehow entitled to what we want.   We’re deluded, thinking that anything good in our lives, we earned…that somehow all we have belongs to us.

How quickly we forget!  But Job didn’t.  His first response to calamity – to hearing the worst news anyone could hear – that he’d lost everything, even his children – was to remember that none of it belonged to him in the first place.  Job remembered that His loving Father had blessed him with wealth and a wonderful family.  God gave these things to him to steward, to manage, to enjoy.  But Job knew they belonged to God.

Job understood that to be truly submitted to the sovereignty of God, we must trust His heart toward us in EVERY circumstance.  Isn’t it easy to worship and declare that God is good when all is as we would like it to be?  But what about when things are literally falling apart?  Do we still trust that God has plans of good and not evil toward us?  Where is our worship then?  Do we really believe that God works all things together for our good?  Job was clear that the correct response in times of trial is to praise God and to worship Him.  To honor God with his lips instead of losing hope and speaking foolishly.

God doesn’t change just because our circumstances do.

His goodness is not defined or limited by our finite understanding of what good means.  He was the same God when He hardened Pharaoh’s heart against Moses as He was when He parted the Red Sea before the Israellites and swallowed up their oppressors.  Throughout the book of Job, it is noted that Job did not sin against God with his words.  He didn’t begin to blame God, speaking words of anger and fear – even when his wife suggested it.  Job so trusted God that even when things were darkest and everyone had turned against him, he chose to honor God with his mouth.  His heart was not so fickle nor his memory so short that he would turn away from God and forget all that He had done for him.

He chose to see the truth that if he belonged to God, and disaster struck, it could only have happened if God allowed it.  Nothing can touch God’s children without His go-ahead.  So it is up to us to TRUST in the tough times that God is the same good God we praise when everything is going well.  If everything was already good, God wouldn’t have to work all things together for our good. We need to trust that He knows best and is working it all out.  What should we do in the mean time?  Praise Him!  Worship Him!  He didn’t stop being worthy of praise!

Honor God with your mouth.  Declare His goodness in the midst of trials.  That is the appropriate response.  That brings God so much glory and sends the enemy running in confusion.  A child of God who is mature enough to praise Him in difficulty.  That is the true picture of a life yielded to God.  And what a beautiful picture it is.

 

Love & Blessings,

Less Trodden

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4 thoughts on “Give & Take Away

  1. Hi Toni, Happy New Year! Thank you for Less Trodden’s words of wisdom and encouragement.

    Do you know how I can get the posts to come to my regular email instead of my junk mail folder?

    1. Happy new year Sonya! I’m so excited that you’ve been enjoying Less Trodden. Try making the selection to mark Less Trodden emails as important and not spam. Also move a couple of them to your inbox folder. Hope this helps!

  2. POWERFUL!! I just realized that I need to lament less and PRAISE MORE because AM STILL HERE! GOD is good and his mercies endure forever. Thank You!

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