The Most Difficult Question

May 31, 2009

“Your eyes have seen my unformed substance, and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.” – Psalm 139:16

As a pastor, there is no more difficult situation 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, for some it’s ten years, for others, 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 – that 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 we will someday understand in eternity. The key is trust in God, even when it doesn’t make sense.