Initially, it could be a little depressing to read:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”
There are multiple layers to this passage but today, I’m going to touch on the most superficial, least back-upable and shortest.
The brunt of the passages accepted meaning is that whether or not we build up riches in this world, we arrive with nothing and can’t take anything with us when we go. If we receive; it is from God, and if we lose everything; God intended it, somehow for his greater glory (a can of worms to be opened another time).
1 Timothy 6:7 sums it up again:
For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
My reading of the Job passage this week has brought out the sub text, the in-between the lines.
Whilst we bring nothing to this world at birth and can take nothing from it when we die, the thing that really matters is what we can contribute while we are here.
From what we are given after our birth by God, we can bless others.
From our talents, we can add value to the relationships we make.
From our experiences, we can learn and share our wisdom, feelings and journeys.
What riches are you prepared to bring to add value to anyone and everyone that you have any kind of interface with?
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
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