This post written by Hannah Sparks
Have you ever had someone take something from you? Or at least try? If you're like me, your first instinct is to hold tight to whatever is being taken. When God allows something to be taken from you, do you clench your fist tight around what you're afraid to lose? In Job 1:6-22, God allows Satan to test Job. In doing this, Job lost almost everything he had. He lost his animals, farmhands, shepherds, servants, and even his children. At the moment that he learned of all these awful things, he tore his robe in grief and shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. (WOW! to worship! I can't imagine having a worshipful heart after that.) He said, "I came naked from my mother's womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the Lord!"
Even when he had almost everything taken from him, he didn't try to hold onto what was left. Just just kept his hand open, palm raised, surrendering all that he had for the Lord to take if He willed it. Remember when the Lord allows Satan to test you, don't clench your fist and hold on to what you think you need. The Lord will give you all that you need. If you have your hand closed, how will He set the next gift for you in your hand? How will He take what He needs so that you may learn to love Him better? Don't clench your fist, but instead, keep your hand open and allow the Lord to fulfill His good, pleasing, and perfect will.