God Is A Giver, Not A Taker

 

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:32

Some Christians mistakenly believe that God gives and also takes away. At funerals, we sometimes hear the minister say, “The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

I remember an occasion when I was looking at a baby who was suffering from cancer. I heard one of his family members comment, “You can’t be sure what God’s will is. He may or may not heal.” What that person meant was that although the Lord had given the parents this baby, He might later take the baby away from them.

Job displayed this very same attitude when he received the news that he had lost his property and children. Thinking that God was the source of his problems and not knowing that it was actually Satan who had come against him, he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21) Such a statement seems to honor God, but in reality, it reveals an erroneous view of our heavenly Father.

As children of God, we know what the Father’s will is for us. He is a giver, not a taker! Jesus said, “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32) It is the devil who is the thief. He comes to steal, kill and destroy. But Jesus came to give us life more abundant. (John 10:10)

Jesus met every need and healed every sickness brought before Him, and at the cross, He gave His own life. Never once did He take anything away from the people who came to Him. And the Bible says that whoever has seen Jesus has seen the Father. (John 14:9)

Beloved, your heavenly Father wants you to know today that He is the one who gives you all good things. And if He has already given us heaven’s best—Jesus, “how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things”?

Thought For The Day: – If our heavenly Father has already given us heaven’s best—Jesus, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

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8 thoughts on “God Is A Giver, Not A Taker”

  1. Amen! God is good, He wants good things for us, for our souls to prosper.

    I like Job’s line simply because it reminds us to praise the Father regardless of our circumstances. Our circumstances may not be God’s will, but just the same, “blessed be the name of the Lord.” So the world can be crashing down around us, but if we look to the Father and trust that He works all things for good, it helps us to focus not on the problems, but on the Problem Solver. I too feel a bit sad when bad things happen and we say, “must be God’s will.” God’s will is in the good things that can come, in the beauty that can spring forth from ashes.

    1. I totally agree with this IB!
      I say the same thing as well- things may not be good, but I know that God works all things for good, for those that love Him, and live their lives according to His purpose (these promises are conditional – unfortunately, I think sometimes we want to reap what we do not sow, so we think we can live life anyhow we want, without any acknowledgement of God even… how then will we know He is working all things for our good, if we don’t believe.)

  2. Some Christians mistakenly believe that God gives and also takes away. At funerals, we sometimes hear the minister say, “The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

    Actually a quote from job.

    1. That’s true, it’s a quote from Job… not a quote from God.
      That’s one of the true beauties of Scripture, it includes the good, the bad, and the ugly… and it’s for us to learn from the mistakes of others so we don’t waste too much time making those same mistakes.

  3. Followed up by “shall we not receive both good and evil from the lord?” Rhetorical question, with an assumed and understood answer of Yes.

    1. I agree that this has been the interpretation of far too many Christians. However, we know that God is good, and cannot and would not give serpent or evil to us, His children.

      Job’s rhetoric is similar to that of many believers who do not know the will of God, and therefore ascribe both good and evil to God.
      Evil is oppression from the devil. We’re told, God anointed (an anointing is an appointment to an office) Jesus of Nazareth, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil.

      So, it’s for us to recognize what’s taking place in Job’s life, his mindset at that particular time, and how/to whom he attributes the things that are happening to him.

      Thanks for an engaging comment.

      1. Ah… The ever present ubiquitous “you must read it in context” answer. Amazing what some people dismiss from “gods word” to defend gods word.

      2. KIA, you’re free to apply this to yourself the next time someone quotes you out of context or does not understand what was stated.

        Perhaps you’d like to share exactly what was dismissed from God’s word.

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