When a Child Dies

Feb 3, 2020

‘...I shall go to him...’2 Samuel 12:23 NKJV

The first child David had with Bathsheba lived only a week, then died. Heartbroken, with his thoughts towards Heaven, David said, ‘...I shall go to him...’

When a child dies, we have many questions. For example, first, will I see my child in Heaven? Yes, David’s story confirms it. Picture a shepherd leading his flock to greener pastures. The journey requires crossing a river. The sheep stare at it, paralysed with fear. So the shepherd picks up a lamb, carries it over and sets it on the other side. At first its parents are upset, but eventually they overcome their fear and become willing to follow the shepherd through the waters to a glorious reunion on the other side. Think: when what you value most is in the next world, the appeal of this one diminishes with each passing day. Secondly, we may ask, will I know my child in Heaven? Yes, on the Mount of Transfiguration the disciples knew Moses and Elijah even though they’d died centuries before. Would we know less in Heaven than we know on earth? Paul writes, ‘...Then I shall know just as I also am known.’ (1 Corinthians 13:12 NKJV) Finally, we may ask, what will my child do in Heaven? The Bible says that in Heaven, ‘...His servants shall serve Him.’ (Revelation 22:3 NKJV) Have you ever said to yourself, ‘I wish I could do better’? In Heaven, you will. You’ll be at your best—forever.

SoulFood: Isa 34–37, Matt 12:1–14, Ps 107:33–43, Pro 3:27–28
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright ©

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