What’s this about the Lord taking away? We often hear about him giving good gifts to his children (as written in the Word), and he most certainly does, but he also has the divine authority and ability to take things away, too. This may not sound overly pleasant, but as the Lord is fully and wholly good, so are his reasons to take things away from us.
I once saw a drawing of Jesus and a young child; Jesus was knelt on the floor, one hand behind his back, one stretching toward the child; the child had in her arms a teddy bear, a small, white thing that was scruffy, tattered, falling to pieces – clearly well loved and cherished. The hand behind Jesus’ back was loosely holding a much larger, cuddlier teddy in better condition – far superior to the child’s raggedy bear. Jesus, with a gentle look on his face, was saying “Just trust me,” whereas the child was saying “but I love it, Lord.”
This illustration was (and is!) a perfect reminder that sometimes God will take things from us, even things he’s given to us, because he has something greater in mind. It’s not that he’s suddenly discovered something better or that he’s changed his mind or made a mistake; his Word says that there is a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1) and sometimes we are given things for only a season, both blessings and things we may not consider blessings... when that season is over, the Lord may take that blessing away and replace it with something greater for the next season of life.
Of course, it’s also important to consider that sometimes God will take something from us because it’s quite simply the best thing to do. We humans are flawed creatures and we may start seeking the wrong path, or turn “to the left or to the right” (ref: Proverbs 4:27), and so God may remove something from us that we cherish so that we will turn back to him. Ultimately, he is what we should seek and desire most, and if something gets in the way of that, he may remove it.
There are probably a great many reasons as to why God will choose to take something from us, even something he’s given us himself, and we may never understand these reasons fully, but you can rest in the knowledge that he doesn’t change, and he will never take his love, his Son or his Holy Spirit from you; those are eternal gifts that Love himself chose to give you, and promised to give you in his Word. We know he is faithful to his promises, so we never need to worry about him taking something from us that he’s giving us for eternity.
If you find yourself fearful of losing something, perhaps ask yourself why and prayerfully consider the answer. Be honest with yourself. Is it more valuable to you than God? Does it risk becoming an idol or a distraction from your relationship with him? Whatever questions or tough answers may come up, you can rest in the knowledge that your Father in heaven adores you and will help you through whatever fear you may feel. He can fill your heart with peace and joy - you just have to let him!