God Gives and Takes Away

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The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

Job 1:21


There was a time in my life when I felt secure in my marriage, finances, and the overall direction of our family. I was blindsided by a trial that I never saw coming. Many times it felt like I was having a bad dream, and I kept waiting to wake up.

However, that didn’t happen. Things progressively worsened, and my little security bubble began to leak and eventually burst. My life changed drastically; but thankfully with the Lord, I’ve been able to move forward and experience many wonderful things that I also never saw coming.

It’s been a few years, and sometimes I still struggle with how God gives us beautiful moments, people, and things that can suddenly be taken from us. Although much of my focus was on survival, I still made time for pity parties, asking God why all of this had to happen. His response was always the same:  “Trust Me.” Sometimes I accepted this charge and moved forward in the faith. Other times I would have private temper tantrums with God.

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However, His love overcomes all. I returned to Him every time, being consoled by His presence, consumed with His peace, and overwhelmed with His love. When God gives, we can rejoice. When God takes away, we can stand firm. He uses every disappointment, trial, and grief for a greater good, not only within us but for those who are witnesses to our loss.

We can feel our pain and grieve like anyone would do in the same situation. However, as believers we grieve with hope because our Father in heaven is working it out in His plan for our lives.

Prayer

Dear Lord, I don’t like when things are taken away from me. However, I trust You to help me move forward in faith. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

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