When God Gives And Takes Simultaneously

Today, I read a story of a married couple who grew old childless. Despite feeling incomplete, they remained servants of God, lived a life of righteousness; and filled their every prayer with the hope that someday, they’d be granted an offspring.


One day, the husband, let’s call him Zechariah, learned that God was listening after all when a messenger, let’s call him Gabriel, appeared to deliver the good news. “Your wife, Elizabeth, will bear a son,” he says.

For someone, who has NEVER had a son, and who HAS JUST LEARNED that a child is coming his way, this could probably be THE BEST DAY OF HIS LIFE. You know what I’m saying?

Kulang nalang magtatatalon siya sa tuwa! (He could have just been happy for himself — too much that we’d find him jumping up and down for joy.)


“How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years,” Zechariah said.

He was filled with doubt, that’s what happened.

“Paano naman mangyayari yun.. or, paano naman ako makakasiguro diyan eh matanda na kami,” sabi niya.

Then, Gabriel said , “I have been sent to tell you this good news. But now, because you doubted me (AKA did not believe my words, as approved by God), you will be unable to speak… until the day comes.


If we were to hear the greatest news ever heard in our lives, we immediately would want to share it with our loved ones, right? But Zechariah was forced to keep mum about it until his son was born. If I were in his shoes, ang hirap nun.  

So that particular moment that could have been the happiest, was marred with punishment as well.

Binigyan ka pero may kapalit ang drama.

You were given and taken from at the same time.

And sometimes that’s how we see the blessings in life. We’re given a roof on our head, a family who loves us unconditionally, a source of income and yet, we doubt the days to come that was already promised by God to be beautiful. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Have we ever asked God, “Paano naman ako makakasiguro sa sinasabi mo Lord?”

Friend, the truth is, wala tayong choice. We don’t see the future but He can. And we can choose to believe it through faith.

Let me tell a quick story. My first blog ever was when I was in high school, and was published with raw emotions over a heartbreak on a missed school opportunity. I poured out my soul in that blog and even until today, when I read the words of my past ache, I still find the rawness beautiful. But, I could not believe that I was too scared and heartbroken over something I wanted for myself too much at that time – when I was even more blessed in the school that God wanted me to grow in.

You see, I was too afraid of college – that I relied too much on the plan I had for myself. But God’s plan was different. And now I’ve graduated and God still offers me the best opportunities He knows I would benefit more from.

So…“Why are you afraid? You people of weak faith?” (Matthew 8:6)

Have we ever thought that the reason why we keep missing some things in life is only because we doubt God?

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