by Randy Chambers, 2015-05-06
Job 1:21-22, NIV: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised." In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
C. S. Lewis writes, "The only things we can keep are the things we freely give to God." And yet it would seem many of us try to keep so very much. Some of us try to keep pleasant relationships from spoiling. Some of us try to keep a good income. Some of us try to keep various other things that seem to make us feel happy, or keep us content. When things are going well, we may attempt to keep all as is for as long as we can. The danger in trying to keep anything is that it can become our focus, the thing we pursue; basically and idol of sorts. If it is God who places something in your hand, then it is He who will decide how long it remains in your hand. Perhaps it is your tendency to take what He gives you and with a sincere heart give Him praise and thanks, and then tighten your grip to hold tightly onto what He has freely given. If He wishes to take it from you it does not matter how tightly you hold it. If He wishes to keep it in your hand, it is He who keeps it there, not you. It is His to give, and it is His to take away. It is ours to learn to be grateful when He places something in our hands--and to learn to be just as grateful when He takes it away.