In yesterday's post, I shared one of my many favorite praise songs. This one has particularly been on my mind and in my heart. Surely, the songwriter was thinking of this Bible verse in the book of Job.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. ~Job 1:21b
In the first chapter of Job, we meet a blameless and upright man, Job. Job lives a life of abundance and wealth until he loses everything including his children. Through it all, he refuses to blame God but chooses to praise Him instead.
It is easy to give God the glory in a land that is plentiful and when life is as it should be. It is not so easy to give God the glory when we are struggling and the world around us is filled with darkness.
Would that we realize and remember, as Job did, that all we have is God's. It is God who gives and who takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord! What peace and joy this brings. Instead of holding onto what we "have" with clenched fists, we are free to embrace the life that God plans for us.