Read: Job 1:13-22
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. (v. 21)
As Christians we believe—along with Job, who suffered loss after loss, including the death of his sons and daughters—that God the Father is Almighty, controlling even heartbreaking happenings for our good. Face down and faith up, Job patiently trusted that the Almighty Father who “gave” was the one who had also “taken away” (v. 21).
Christians believe, as Jesus taught, that God is our loving and powerful heavenly Father, who rules everything for his children’s good. God’s Son calmed the fears of his followers with lessons about his Father’s almighty care, which extends even to the lives of sparrows and the numbering of the hairs on our heads (Matt. 10:29-31).
Believing in the Father Almighty and his love can uphold us. My grandma and grandpa’s first child was a bright-eyed boy with wavy hair and a peaceful, endearing face. However, one cold winter evening little David came down with pneumonia and died, to their heartbreak as young parents.
Many years after the loss of his son, Grandpa gently expressed the following words to me when I was in need of some encouragement: “The Lord saw fit to take my only son, but he has given me you.” In these words, Grandpa communicated his enduring trust in the Father Almighty, who lovingly rules even over heartbreaking happenings. —John Tousley
Prayer: Loving God, your fatherly hand comforts me.