A Remarkable Perspective on Early Death

It’s strange how sometimes I have a thing on my mind, and the next time I open God’s Word, the first verse I read is that very thing.  Spooky?

God is privy to our thoughts, so He often takes part in our inner conversations…even before we ask Him.

I’d always heard that sometimes God allows a death as a way of protecting the departed from something in their future…something bad…something horrible they’d have to endure.  Does that thought comfort you?

And, that’s what I woke up thinking about that morning this week – and the fact that a friend lost her father after a battle with cancer.  Don’t we all hate that C word?!  I don’t believe there’s anyone who hasn’t been touched by it.

While my friend’s father lived a long, full life before passing, many die “before their time”.  From a human perspective, we think of anything shorter than dying in old age as dying early.  Even Isaiah called it that in this passage.

ISAIAH 57.1-2

This is a sideline to today’s point, but nothing is before their time  from God’s perspective.  He’s already set our days and knows exactly the day and hour we’ll leave this earth.  (So, if it’s already set,  it can’t actually be early, right?)

When I read verse one, I underlined it quickly so I could find it again later…the proof that what I’d heard all my life is truth – God’s Truth.  There it was, in black and white, the thing I myself had believed even without knowing exactly where it is in the Bible.

…that God is protecting them from the evil to come.

Death is always a hard thing to deal with.  In the past, it comforted me to think there must have been something ahead that would have been horrible for that person to endure, so God took them on to heaven to be with Him there.  Back then, there was the question in the back of my mind.

Is that really true?  Does God really do that?

Well, now we see the verse that backs it up.  Does it comfort you to think of death in this way?

Verse two is even more of a comfort…that those who followed godly paths are resting in peace…just as we who do the same will rest in peace someday, too.





  1. Ellen says

    I guess that’s a help. I’ll have to work on it. I lost my son. He left a wife and two very young children. Six years and I, we, are all deeply permanently changed.
    Thank you.

    • says

      I’m sorry, Ellen. There’s not anything that can “fix” your grief other than God Himself. I haven’t lost a child to death, so I can’t know exactly what you’re going through. HH and I have suffered devastating loss, though, and I can say the Lord got us through even our darkest of days…many of which I wished I didn’t have to live the future that looked to be ahead – without our child in our lives. Living without your child isn’t what we expect, and while others celebrate all things new in the lives of their children, we stand by in sadness and sorrow because we’ll not experience those things. I’ve never known anything more painful! But…God held us in our grief. I pray you find that in Him, as well.

  2. Mary says

    Thanks, Kim. I lost my mother 4 years ago and my life changed forever. I have 2 things I read in addition to Psalm 23, John 14 and The Lord’s Prayer. “Grief never ends. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith- It is the price of love. There is great grief where there is great love.” “The reality is you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same again nor should you be the same nor should you want to.” These offer me comfort.

    • says

      I’m so sorry, Mary. What a beautiful description. Thanks for sharing that, and you probably helped others by your comment, as well.