Verse of the Day


"He said, "I came naked from my mother's womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!" (NLT)"

~Job 1:21


Today's Devotional Thought

January 14, 2013 by Rachel Piferi



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He Gives & He Takes Away

The Lord led me to a passage of Scripture this weekend that really had an impact on me. And I present it to you this morning in the hopes that it will touch you like it did me. But, before we get into the passage of Scripture, I have this question for you:

Has God ever taken away something from you that you know he gave you originally? Have you ever found yourself having to let go of something precious because God showed you that it was time to let go of it?

In the first chapter of the book of Job, we find the verse that had me studying this weekend. It is verse 21 of chapter 1: He said, "I came naked from my mother's womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!" (NLT)

So why did this verse strike me so?

Because in the midst of loss, Job recognized that God was in control and he still praised him.

When we look at the devastating loss of loved ones and property and well-being that has occurred to Job, it would be easy to see how he would curse or blame someone for that loss. But instead, early in the story, we see Job recognizing the sovereignty of God.

Barnes Notes on the Bible states it this way:

"As "he" gave it, he had a right to remove it. Such was the feeling of Job, and such is the true language of submission everywhere. He who has a proper view of what he possesses will feel that it is all to be traced to God, and that he has a right to remove it when he pleases.

And the Lord hath taken away - It is not by accident; it is not the result of haphazard; it is not to be traced to storms and winds and the bad passions of people. It is the result of intelligent design, and whoever has been the agent or instrument in it, it is to be referred to the overruling providence of God. Why did not Job vent his wrath on the Sabeans? Why did he not blame the Chaldeans? Why did he not curse the tempest and the storm? Why did he not blame his sons for exposing themselves? Why not suspect the malice of Satan? Why not suggest that the calamity was to be traced to bad fortune, to ill-luck, or or to an evil administration of human affairs? None of these things occurred to Job. He traced the removal of his property and his loss of children at once to God, and found consolation in the belief that an intelligent and holy Sovereign presided over his affairs, and that he had removed only what he gave."

Do you feel like you have lost {or are losing} something precious that God has given you? A relationship? A job? A possession? A dream? An opportunity?

I think we can learn from Job and recognize that the removal of these gifts by our loving and holy God can be trusted because the One who presides over our affairs can be trusted. And He knows what He is doing.

And this sovereign, holy, and loving God is to be praised as Job did at the end of this verse.

Friends, if you are losing or have lost something precious that God has given, please find solace in the arms of our Lord who does preside over our lives with great care and love and purpose. Loss is never easy. But loss in the hands of the One who guides our steps and has a mighty purpose for us can be trusted.

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday and remember to praise the name of the Lord today!


Memorize this verse today:

"He said, "I came naked from my mother's womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!" (NLT)"
~Job 1:21



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