Something I read today really touched my heart.
“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.” - Job 1:21
The Lord gave; may the name of the Lord be praised. The Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.
As Christians, we’ve grown accustomed to giving thanks when something good happens in our lives—a prayer gets answers, we wake up able to live another day, there’s food on our table, we are blessed. We praise God because we are happy that He has given us necessities and privileges in life. But what about when something bad happens? A death, a car accident, hurt, betrayal, divorce, a natural disaster that destroys an entire city, war, a famine. What then? Oftentimes we neglect to praise God in times of hardships, and more often than not, we put the blame on, and even hate, God for putting us through such trials. People, even those who don’t even believe in Him, accuse God of all the negative aspects of life and make Him out to be unjust. Why are millions of people starving? Why do innocent children die of disease? Why did my child get hit by a drunk driver? Why did my marriage end in a divorce? Why did God send that tornado which destroyed thousands of homes and killed a dozen people? Oftentimes we get so hung up on the “Lord takes away” part that we forget that the Lord gives. HE GIVES! He has given you everything you have—He has given you, and anyone else who came through their mother’s womb, the breath of life. He has given the opportunity for eternal life. And that alone should be enough to give Him praise and glory. When the Lord gives, give him praise—and when the Lord takes away, give him praise.