Job said that after his children were killed (Job 1:21)… and people have been repeating it ever since to explain away their personal disasters and losses.
Since we live in a fallen world, created by God, granted to humans to own and operate, handed over by them to the enemy in exchange for counterfeit power, I guess it’s understandable for some people to use this phrase as a sort of grief pill.
But when they say it these days — after Jesus came, took our sins upon himself and died to pay their penalty — they are accusing God of being an Indian giver. A thief. A murderer. And He’s not.
This won’t be a theological discussion. I would just like to suggest a “post-cross” way of looking at this comment of Job’s.
The Lord gave: grace, love, compassion, understanding, forgiveness, mercy,
reconciliation, restoration, sonship, inheritance, friendship, fellowship, comfort, counsel, guidance, and a blessed future with him in heaven.
And the Lord has taken away: guilt, condemnation, loneliness, confusion, judgment, anxiety, fear, punishment, and a cursed future separated from him in hell.