The Lord Gives And…

After all seven of Job’s children were killed and all his worldly riches taken, it is written in Job 1:20-22…

Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” 22 In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.

What has the Lord given you?  According to James 1:17 and 1 Corinthians 4:7, everything you have!  That would include…

Your salvation… life… family… job… intellect… retirement account… friends… food… seeing eyes… hearing ears… a beating heart… lungs that work… a house… food… car… etc ad infinitum.

Now, what does God have the right and power to take away?  Anything He desires to.  Why?  Because He is God.  That would include…

 Your life… family… job… intellect… retirement account… friends… food… seeing eyes… hearing ears… a beating heart… lungs that work… a house… food… car… etc ad infinitum.

There is only ONE thing God will not ever take away, nor can we lose it.  Did you notice the ONE thing left out of the second list from the first one?  Salvation!  That is the ONLY thing that cannot be lost by any Christian.  EVERYTHING ELSE is on the table and can be taken from us.

When we are satisfied that having Jesus IS our everything, losing anything or everything else won’t destroy us.  But when a person loves anything more than Christ… and loses it… they will be destroyed from the inside out.

I leave you to contemplate what is written in Colossians 3:1-4…

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

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