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Give and take?



Give and take? I once built an extension onto our house—alone, taking months to frame it. When I finally laid the subfloor plywood, a storm hit. I covered it with a tarp, but the downpour overwhelmed it, soaking the sub-flooring. All my hard work was ruined in just a few hours.


Think about it. My expectations of the tarp holding clashed with reality. I assumed fairness from God, but reality showed otherwise.


God’s Word tells us: “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 1:20).


I guess it all comes down to this: Did I have a right to avoid the rain that destroyed my sub-flooring? Since God is the giver of all things, taking it when He chooses is probably very fair. The sub-flooring was only on loan from God anyway. He chose to call the loan and it’s His right to do so. “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised!”


We pray. “Heavenly Father, as we witness our expectations crumble, help us remember Your sovereignty. Just as You give and take away, may we trust Your wisdom in all things. Guide us to find peace in Your will, knowing that You hold ultimate authority over our lives.  In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.”


“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.

Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34)

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Give and take?



Give and take? I once built an extension onto our house—alone, taking months to frame it. When I finally laid the subfloor plywood, a storm hit. I covered it with a tarp, but the downpour overwhelmed it, soaking the sub-flooring. All my hard work was ruined in just a few hours.


Think about it. My expectations of the tarp holding clashed with reality. I assumed fairness from God, but reality showed otherwise.


God’s Word tells us: “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 1:20).


I guess it all comes down to this: Did I have a right to avoid the rain that destroyed my sub-flooring? Since God is the giver of all things, taking it when He chooses is probably very fair. The sub-flooring was only on loan from God anyway. He chose to call the loan and it’s His right to do so. “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised!”


We pray. “Heavenly Father, as we witness our expectations crumble, help us remember Your sovereignty. Just as You give and take away, may we trust Your wisdom in all things. Guide us to find peace in Your will, knowing that You hold ultimate authority over our lives.  In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.”


“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.

Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34)

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