When you suffer

21 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”22 In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong. – Job 1:21-22

Job has just lost everything.  Not only did he lose all of his property, but he also lost his beloved children.  All of them.  And yet this was his response.  Yes, he grieved in the previous verse, and it is not wrong to grieve.  But then he also acknowledges that he took nothing into this world.  He was naked from his mother’s womb.  And he would eventually go the grave in the same fashion.  In other words, every gift that he had—his livelihood, his children—all of it was from God.  Therefore, just as He had graciously given, He had the right to justly take away.  And whether He gives or takes away, He is worthy to be praised. 

What a righteous response to suffering!  May we have such a response when the Lord decides to take away for His good purposes.  We came into this world with nothing.  And we have no rights to anything.  Every good thing is from God, and He has the right to choose when He gives and when He takes away.  Will we trust in His gifts, or will we trust in His character?  This world will pass away, but He is always good. 

Lord, help us to have Job’s attitude in times of suffering. 


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