The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away

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.

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