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Bas Rijksen

A while ago, I stumbled upon a revelation that transformed my view of God’s character. Growing up, I was taught the story of Job – you know, the one where he says, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.” This view painted a God of unpredictability, one who blesses and then snatches away. But what if I told you that everything we knew about God’s giving and taking is wrong?

Did you know that God does not give and take away? I know this might sound crazy because we are so used to hearing that God gives and takes away based on Job 1:21. 

But I’m going to share 3 profound truths with you today that are going to revolutionize the way you embrace a life of peace and gratitude by understanding God as a constant giver. This awareness of His unchanging love frees you from fear, deepening your appreciation of His presence in all aspects of life.

So, what is this big idea that will change everything? It’s the truth about God’s nature. 

It’s about understanding His character, not through a lens of loss and suffering, but through the reality of His unchanging love and generosity. 

So, I’m going to share with you three profound truths about God’s nature and how you can experience His unwavering blessings in your life.

And I know what you’re probably thinking: ‘But doesn’t the Bible say in Job 1:21 God takes away?’ But again, I’m going to show you a great way you can deepen your relationship with God and experience His endless grace. 

Profound Truth #1: God Is a Giver, Not a Taker

Imagine a world where every gift you receive has a string attached, a world where blessings come with an expiry date. This is how many of us view our relationship with God, isn’t it? We see Him as a celestial lender, not a generous Father. But here’s a profound truth that will turn that view on its head: God is a giver, not a taker.

Think back to a time when you received an unexpected gift. The joy, the surprise, the feeling of being loved – that’s a glimpse into God’s heart. In James 1:17, we are told, ‘Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.’ This isn’t just poetic language; it’s a fundamental truth about God. He delights in giving, in blessing His children. It’s kinda like the sun that rises every morning, unwavering, dependable, showering us with its warmth and light. This is who God is – an unchanging Giver.

But often, we’re like children who receive a gift and then fear it will be snatched away. We cling to our blessings with a tight fist, worrying about the day they might disappear. This fear stems from a misunderstanding of God’s nature. It’s like looking at a beautiful painting but only seeing the dark colors. In these moments, remember Hebrews 1:3, where it’s written that Jesus is ‘the exact representation of [God’s] being.’ This reassures us of the unchanging nature of God’s generosity. God doesn’t give to take back. His gifts are expressions of His unending love.

I remember a story of a woman in our community. She had prayed for healing for her son. And when it came, it was like a burst of glorious sunshine after a long, dark storm. But then, fear crept in. She started to worry, ‘What if God takes this away?’ But as she grew in her understanding of God’s character, she realized something powerful: God’s gifts are not loans; they are blessings, pure and simple. Her fear was replaced with trust, trust in a God who gives out of sheer love.

This truth isn’t just comforting; it’s liberating. When we understand that God is a giver, we can approach Him with open hands and hearts. We don’t have to worry about losing His blessings because His nature doesn’t change. He’s not like humans who might give a gift today and demand it back tomorrow. He’s like a river that flows ceaselessly, always giving, always nurturing.

This understanding is crucial because it liberates us from the fear of loss, fosters deeper trust in God, and allows us to fully embrace His blessings with gratitude and assurance of His unwavering love.

It’s time to dismantle the lie that has bound us for too long. The lie that says, ‘God gives, and God takes away.’ It’s a sneaky serpent saying, a twisted religious teaching that feeds the merit monkey in our brains. This lie keeps us in a state of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. But the truth of God’s nature frees us. It allows us to live in a state of grace, where we can truly enjoy His blessings without fear.

But what about when we face loss or hardship? Does that mean God has taken back His blessings? Absolutely not. It’s important to distinguish between the actions of a loving God and the realities of a fallen world. It’s kinda like living in a house with a strong foundation during a storm. The storm rages outside, but inside, the foundation stands firm. God’s nature as a giver never changes, even when storms hit our lives.

Let’s embrace this truth with joy and gratitude. God is not a divine accountant, tallying our blessings and losses. He is a generous Father, constantly pouring out His love and blessings on us. It’s time to look at Him through this lens of generosity and experience the fullness of His gifts without fear.

Profound Truth #2: Misinterpretations Lead to Misunderstandings

Now, let’s peel back another layer of the onion. We’ve all played the game of telephone, right? Where a message gets twisted and turned until it’s barely recognizable. That’s kind of what’s happened over the centuries with some biblical truths. This brings us to our second profound truth: Misinterpretations of Scripture lead to misunderstandings about God’s character.

Consider the story of Job. He suffered immensely and declared, ‘The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away.’ This statement, born out of profound pain and loss, has been echoed through the ages as a theological absolute. But is it? It’s vital to understand the context. Job’s declaration was a reaction, an emotional response to his suffering, not a doctrinal truth about God. It’s kinda like saying ‘life is unfair’ when we’re going through a rough patch. It’s an expression of feeling, not a fact. Yet, as Hebrews 1:3 and John 10:10 illustrate, Jesus came not to bring suffering, but life in abundance, separating the acts of a loving Father from the afflictions of a fallen world.

Many have taken Job’s words and built an entire theology around them, painting God as the one responsible for their pain and loss. But let’s pause and rewind. Jesus came to set the record straight. He showed us a Father who heals the sick, feeds the hungry, and restores the broken. Not once did He attribute suffering to God’s will. Instead, He challenged the religious misconceptions of His time, offering us a clearer, more loving image of the Father.

Imagine you’re walking through a gallery of beautiful art, but your glasses are smudged. Everything looks distorted. That’s how it is when we view God through the lens of misinterpretation. We miss the true beauty and character of God. But when we clean our glasses, when we study the Scriptures with clear eyes and a Jesus-centric perspective, the true image of God emerges – one filled with compassion, love, and grace.

Recognizing this truth is key because it transforms our perception of God from a punitive judge to a loving Father, realigning our understanding with the true heart of the Gospel and enhancing our relationship with Him.

I recall a moment in my own life when I stumbled upon this truth. I was wrestling with loss and found myself echoing Job’s words. But as I delved deeper into Scripture, seeking understanding, I encountered the Jesus of the Gospels. My perspective shifted. No longer did I see God as the taker but as the comforter, the healer, the restorer. It was like watching the dawn break, dispelling the shadows of my misconceptions.

This revelation is not just for the theologians or the spiritually elite. It’s for everyone. It’s for the mother praying for her child, for the worker facing injustice, for all of us who have ever wondered ‘why?’ When we grasp that misinterpretations lead to misunderstandings, we start to question the negative views we’ve held about God and open ourselves up to His true nature.

But this isn’t just about intellectual understanding; it’s about heart transformation. When we understand God correctly, our relationship with Him changes. We approach Him with trust instead of fear, with joy instead of anxiety. It’s kind of like realizing a loved one never betrayed you – it was all a misunderstanding. Suddenly, the relationship is restored, and love flows freely.

Let’s be diligent, then, not to let twisted religious teachings tarnish our view of God. Let’s be seekers of truth, always returning to the source – Jesus, who is the Word made flesh. By understanding Him, we understand the Father. And in understanding the Father, we free ourselves from the chains of fear and step into the liberating truth of His love and grace.

Before we unveil our third profound truth, I invite you to delve deeper at Grace Gaze Academy. Discover more about the story of Job in our ‘Understanding the Book of Job’ video series. Visit Grace Gaze Academy, select ‘Difficult Scriptures Made Simple’, and gain access to our insightful eBook ‘Job Transformed: Grace Triumphs Over Trials’ as a free bonus. Now, let’s explore the final truth.

Profound Truth #3: Jesus Reveals the True Nature of God

Have you ever met someone who completely changed your perspective? Maybe it was a teacher, a friend, or a stranger with a story that turned your world upside down. Jesus is that person in the grandest sense. He came to rewrite our narrative about God. This leads us to our third profound truth: Jesus Christ reveals the true nature of God.

John 14:9 says: “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.”

Throughout the Gospels, we see Jesus healing the sick, comforting the broken-hearted, and bringing hope to the hopeless. This aligns with John 10:10, where Jesus says, ‘I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full,’ revealing a God of life, not loss. He didn’t walk past the suffering; He touched it, He healed it. In Him, we see a God who is not distant and disinterested but intimately involved in the details of our lives. It’s kinda like the difference between reading about someone in a book and meeting them in person. Jesus is the ‘in-person’ revelation of God’s heart.

Understanding Jesus as the clear expression of God’s nature is vital. It influences how we experience His presence and guides us to reflect His love and grace in our daily lives, changing not only how we view God but also how we interact with the world around us.

Consider the moment Jesus encountered the woman caught in adultery. The law demanded punishment, but Jesus offered forgiveness and a new start. Or think about how He fed the 5,000, not just teaching about God’s provision but demonstrating it. In every action, every word, Jesus was showing us the Father’s heart. He was debunking the myths and revealing a God who is loving, forgiving, and incredibly generous.

Yet, how often do we forget this image of God? We get lost in the noise and confusion of life, or worse, the twisted religious teachings that paint a grim picture of a vengeful, distant deity. But Jesus cuts through that noise. He stands as the ultimate testament to who God is. By looking at Jesus, we see a God who would rather die than live without us, a God who goes to incredible lengths to show us His love.

This truth hit me like a lightning bolt during a particularly dark time in my life. I felt abandoned and alone, a plaything of fate rather than a child of God. But as I reacquainted myself with the stories of Jesus, I found not a judge or a distant observer but a loving Savior who understood my pain and offered a way out. It was as if the sun had broken through the clouds, bathing everything in a warm, golden light.

It’s vital that we keep this image of God at the forefront of our minds. When we do, it changes everything. Our fears diminish, our trust grows, and our love deepens. It’s like finding an anchor in the midst of a storm. No matter how fierce the winds howl or the waves crash, we know we’re secure because we know who God really is.

But this isn’t just a comforting thought; it’s a call to action. When we understand God’s true nature, we’re compelled to live differently. We become agents of His love, reflections of His grace. We start to look at the brokenness around us not with despair but with hope, knowing that we carry the message of a God who heals, restores, and redeems.

So let’s step out in this truth, casting aside the lies and misconceptions that have held us back. As we do, let’s rejoice to the promise of Romans 11:29: ‘For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.’ This reassures us of His unwavering commitment to giving, not taking.” Let’s embrace the God Jesus showed us, a God of immeasurable love and grace. And as we do, let’s share this truth with the world, becoming beacons of hope in a landscape often shrouded in darkness.

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