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.
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.