“The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” (Job 1:21 NIV)
I’m a firm believer in God’s power to resurrect anything and anyone (just read Rise Again!). But for Him to do that He often allows us to experience a death of sorts. There are probably relationships that He has allowed to end because they don’t serve His plan and purpose for your life anymore. Perhaps you were let go of a job you had for years because God has something better in store for you and it’s time to let go of the old to make way for the new. But what I have learned is that we can still have peace and joy in the midst of our grief.
My favorite season is fast approaching. Fall is a beautiful reminder of what it means to let go. Please don’t miss the point. The difficult times only last for a season. New things will eventually spring up in due season. It’s okay to grief the things God has chosen to take away, but remember that He never takes anything without replacing it with something better. That’s enough reason to fall on our knees and praise Him, as Job did in today’s passage. Although Job lost much, God gave him double for his trouble, “the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning” (Job 42:12 NKJV). Job is such an extraordinary figure in Scripture because he learned to get back up after getting knocked down. We can do the same.
“Life is not about how many times you fall down. It’s about how many times you get back up.”