Do we give or does He take?

When Job had lost all his possessions and his family He said  “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.” Job 1v21

Hannah had been unable to have children for many years and would cry out to God to give her a child. In the temple when she is pleading with God, Eli says in the end to her  “Go in peace; and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of Him.” and Hannah falls pregnant with Samuel. At a young age she gives this treasures child back to God by serving in the temple with Eli. God gave to Hannah and she gave back.

Both Job and Hannah had a choice to make and I believe we do and its one of the heart, its not whether a loved one is taken or a loved one is given, but do we give that child to God in our hearts whether that child is alive or dies? Do we recognise that we did not give life, He did. Can I trust God to give to Him a child that is rebellious against God? Are the things we hold dear ours to grip onto or do we release them for God to do what He wants with them? May be nothing happens on the physical, but have I in my heart released to Him before I may have to?

And then I ask the other question, does He take or is the taking just a part of this sinful world I live in? Why when my boy dies at 18 do I say “He took Him” (which I believe he did!), but why when my 93 year old grandmother died, I said “what a wonderful long life”, it was the natural order.

I dont know, but I do know I need to give to Him in my heart all those things I hold close, even though they may not be taken or given on a physical level.


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