Why the righteous die untimely deaths

Sorrow is an unfortunate part of living in this world and there are times where life seems so unfair from our viewpoint, especially when those who are righteous are taken from this Earth before their time.  While they walked this Earth, their lives were a testimony of God’s love. They exhibited the fruit of the Spirit as they ministered to others’ needs selflessly and were genuine in their walk with Christ in public as well as in private.

Then suddenly they became deathly ill and were gone.  Or maybe a freak accident took place and they were taken from us.  When we witness such things, it’s easy to question God as to why it happened.  After all, God has promised long life to obedient saints and we have seen instances where sick saints were healed by God’s power to rise from their sick beds.  We may have also seen or heard about believers being miraculously delivered from a life-threatening occurrence. 

So why is it that those who are such a blessing to this Earth are sometimes taken so soon?  Why didn’t God step in on their behalf to spare them?  We are given the answer in Isaiah 57:1-2–

The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

 He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.

From our vantage point, it looks like an unfortunate event, but from God’s vantage point the righteous are taken because of God’s mercy and love.  Since the Lord knows the future, he chooses to spare his child from a great evil that lies ahead by allowing their physical death.  While they were here, they were full of mercy and as a result were shown mercy by our Lord who snatched them from calamity to come. We see it as a tragedy, but our Christian loved one, our brother or sister in Christ, has entered into God’s peace in heaven and are at rest in a heavenly bed and walking in righteousness with the saints in heaven who preceded them.

Yes, those of us who are left behind mourn the loss, but Paul tells us “…I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him,” [1 Thessalonians 4:13-14].  This is part of our blessed hope, that we will see our loved one again some time in the future.

We should also rejoice that our fellow believer has made it to their true home and that they do not have to be bothered anymore with the evils that are part of this life.  They are enjoying themselves in heaven.

So for us, the end of physical life here is really just the beginning of something new, exciting, and wonderful.  “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints,” [Psalm 116:15].

–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–

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  1. “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father in Heaven.” – The Bible

    The Fear of the Lord is Wisdom.

    Wisdom makes you happy.

    Happiness makes your life longer.

    and only God can tell who is righteous.

    Follow His law and He will depend His word and preserve your life longer.


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