God gives and He takes

As it’s all in His sovereign hand,

And all according to His will

And according to His plan.

He’s gracious and so tender

And blesses far abundantly,

When He caters to the riches of our soul

So restoration we can see.

When His hand does take away

He’s seen the bigger picture,

And although it’s grievous at the time

We become spiritually richer.

Because we’re not in control of many things;

Life and death is one of them,

And it’s only by grace we wake each day

When His mercy He extends.

Our life is in His hands

Whether or not we acknowledge this,

And our conscience knows deep within

That the universe is His.

We may choose to suppress it

Or to ignore His providence,

But it will not change reality

Whether we see life through our lens.

He’s majestic in awe and wonder

And supernatural in all His ways,

But He humbled Himself to become one of us

But with no honour or any praise.

It was God’s wisdom to give us Jesus;

A humble servant who sacrificed,

Who gave His all – His entire life

Such a blessing is our Christ.

God gave us Jesus but took Him away

As it was all part of His plan,

To redeem our soul and to reconcile

So we’re placed in His safe hands.

(C) P.B. 2021

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there.  The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.”  Job 1:21

“The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and brings up.  The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up.”  1 Samuel 2:6-7

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:19

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made”.  Romans 1:20

“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.”  Ephesians 1:17-19

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”  Ephesians 2:4-6

“For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined…We went through fire and through water; But You brought us out to rich fulfilment.”  Psalm 66:10-12