Why did he die so young? From our perspective, one of the greatest tragedies of life is when people die too soon. It’s also one of our greatest fears for us and for our children. No one wants to lose a loved one before it seems like it should be their time. We know that we all deserve death for our sins, but not so soon! Why did she die so young?
God looks at it differently. “The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death” (Isaiah 57:1-2). Where is it better—in heaven or on earth? Heaven! Death for a believer in Jesus is never punishment. It’s the day we get to enter into peace! Sometimes God decides to spare a believer years of heartache on earth and lets them enjoy the peace of heaven sooner than expected. In the midst of our earthly tears and sadness, remember the hidden reality that gives us comfort and joy.