But he replied, “You’re talking like one of the godless women would do! Should we receive what is good from God, and not also receive what is evil?” In all this Job did not sin by what he said. — Job 2:10 NET
So often weak faith is moved from its steadfastness, by trials. People say, “God cannot love me or he would not send this affliction upon me!” Job’s answer, however, shows nobler faith. We take good, earthly good, from God’s hands. We believe that God loves us so long as he showers upon us favors, and gives us pleasant things, joys and prosperities. Very well. But when he changes the form of his blessing, and gives us problems instead of favors, should we conclude that he no longer loves us?
In the case of the change in his treatment of Job, we are permitted to look within the heart of God, to learn what his feelings were, and we see that he had never loved his servant more than when he was allowing him to suffer so sorely!
At the close of the first trial, Job said, “The Lord gave–and the Lord has taken away.” The same Lord who gave, took away! Yes, and the same love! God knows best, what we need any particular day, and what will most advance the kingdom of Christ; and we ought to trust him so implicitly, so unquestioningly, that whether he gives a new favor or takes one away; whether he grants us our request–or withholds it; whether he bestows upon us earthly good, or causes us to suffer loss and adversity, we shall still believe and say, “God loves me, and he is blessing me!”
“Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return! The Lord gave–and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord!” Job 1:21
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away