Job 1:18-21 -The Lord Gave, and The Lord Hath Taken Away

Job 1:18-21
18
 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:
19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

-I used to think that each person had a hole in their life, put there by God and designed to lead us to seek Him out.  While I still believe that to be true, life has taught me that in addition to that one spot in our hearts which can be filled only by worshipping God, we each have many holes in our lives and new ones that form every day as we lose the people and things that are dear to us.  If you’ve lost a father, God is a “Father to the fatherless” (Psalm 68:5); if you’ve lost a brother, God is “a Friend that sticketh closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24); if you have lost a husband, God is a Champion of widows (Psalm 68:5).  He is more to us than God and Master; rather He has called us friends (John 15:15) and is able to provide not just for our need to worship, but He is able to provide for every need.

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