“Who has given me anything that I need to pay back? Everything under heaven is mine” (Job 41:11).
God’s ways are not our ways. These last two chapters of Job remind us of just that. The Lord knows what we should and shouldn’t have. He doesn’t have to “repay” us for anything we do for him, as the above verse says. He doesn’t have to “give” us anything for the good deeds we do on this earth. He deserves our praise and adoration. He gives and takes away without our opinion or say.
In the book of Job, we read about a man who was blessed abundantly. Then, one day God allowed all of that to be taken away. Why? Because he wanted to see how Job would react to the situation. Although Job grieved, he did stay true to the Lord, praising him even in the hard times. And so, God blessed him in the end even more abundantly than before.
God desires our worship and adoration in good times and bad. I’m reminded of the song by Tree63 called “Blessed Be Your Name.” In this song, there’s a refrain that goes, “You give and take away/You give and take away/ My heart will choose to say/ Lord, Blessed be your name.”
May this always be my attitude, in the good times and the bad.