As a pastor, there many difficulties I face together with members of my church and others, but nothing is more difficult than the death of a child. How can I possibly give a satisfactory answer to grieving parents who ask me why?
I know from a human perspective it is very difficult for us to understand when a person dies at an early age. The fact is, none of us know the number of our days. Only God knows that. We live in a fallen world, contaminated by sin, and there are all kinds of innocent people who suffer because of that. Not all of us will live that full life that Scripture talks about of 70 years. For some it’s a few weeks, some it’s ten years, some it’s forty, fifty, a hundred years. By trusting that God has ordained the number of our days, we can recognize that even when a child goes to heaven – and be absolutely assured that children do go to heaven – we can find comfort in that. Can you imagine heaven without young children? There is an eternal purpose and plan that we are not able to understand completely on this side of heaven, but be assured that God has a perfect plan and we will someday understand – in eternity. The key is trust in God, even when it doesn’t make sense.