WHEN THE GOOD DIE YOUNG

Posted: April 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

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” The righteous man perishes, and no one lays it to heart; devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from calamity;” Isaiah 57:1

 

It’s never easy to understand why some people die at the beginning of their life, or, they die before they reach the age of 40. Death is never something I’ve truly understood, I mean, who really understands death when you take into the account that it’s permanent, final, there are no second chances. When it comes to death I’m completely opposed to the idea. Just call me a Deathophobe.

However, while I might not agree with the idea of my own heart stopping one day in the future (be it a long one), I also understand there is a principle at work here which regulates the universal law of death and dying, and that is sin. It was sin which brought death into the world, and it will be sin which ends the lives of every human being on the planet regardless who they are or their position in life, sin is the final verdict of a result between man and God. The wages of sin itself is what brought death into the world, for it was the sin of one man (Adam) who condemned his entire race (Romans 6:23).

It’s never easy nor is it possible to understand why people die at such an early age. I’ve seen children die and equally, I’ve seen young adults die before they turned 30. The truth is, each time I’ve seen someone die young, the same sentiment always points back to one thought – why? What purpose could be achieved from someone dying at such an early age, be it a small child or a 40 year old? There are some things we simply will never know for certain until we reach heaven, however, there are indicators to look for as to why some people who were in Christ, did in fact die young.

Every person is given a number of days. How long those days we have we honestly don’t know, but every life, every human being has been given a set number of days in which to live, we can trace that back to the word of God itself in Psalm 139:16 “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” So God has already laid out our days, long or short, everything is planned and nothing takes God by surprise.

I have lost many friends over the years, and the one thing I’ve seen when it came to those who died at a young age, namely those who died in their late 30’s to early 40’s, and the one thing that stood out to me was why they died, meaning, there was something which triggered their demise. The truth is, some people make bad decisions in life, and some of those decisions can be life changing to a point where their decision making abilities were not carefully considered and the end result of that decision cost them their life. True, this is not always the case in every situation, sometimes people simply die because, for whatever reason, they simply just – died. It was their time.

A point needs to be made here as to our life here on earth and how long we have to live in this world, and that is when it comes to each life on this planet, God knows the end of every life of every soul. God knows who will ultimately serve him and trust him, and he equally knows who will never serve him. I believe we can see this in those who have come to Christ whose days were shortened because God knows the end, and that same loving God who protects and guides us, will sometimes, I believe, remove some people due to the testing or trial that is to come in their immediate future. Some will ask if I have scripture for that? Yes I do. Isaiah 57:1 clearly states that sometimes God will remove such an individual from this life because of what may come in the future. The plain truth is, God knows who will endure to the end and who won’t, and there are some who simply will not make it, and it is those individuals who I believe God literally removes to spare them from trouble. God is that loving and that caring for us all, that he is willing to remove someone whose life (in our eyes) had great potential, yet God, in his divine wisdom, saw the end result of those individuals and removed them, securing their salvation for eternity rather than allowing them to fall away. Does this occur all the time? i don’t believe so, but I have known in some instances where someone who had struggled with certain addictions, who gave their life to Christ, yet within 1 week was found dead, falling again to the temptation of the same bondage they were set free from, so God justly and kindly took them home, better to be with him for eternity than to die lost down the road, forever in a place called hell.

There a thousand reasons why those who were in Christ who died at a young age simply died, but in the end, we simply don’t know the mind of God, nor can we. The only thing I can say for certain is what Moses wrote in Genesis 18:25 “Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?ā€ The truth is, God knows what he is doing and why he does some things we simply might not understand on this side of glory.

The other aspect is something we also tend to forget and one we must never overlook, it’s two fold, 1) the will of God and 2) Satan himself. John 10:10 says “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. Satan’s entire desire is to kill (if possible) those who are redeemed by the blood of Christ, he desires no other purpose other than to destroy the work of God in our lives. When it comes to the will of God and our desire to serve him and then do his will, then I believe based on the word itself, that those individuals who seek and do the will of the Father will not die until that work is finished. We see this in the life of two of the disciples, namely Peter and Paul.

Both times, Jesus told both men, one while he was still on earth, and the other in a vision. In John 21:18 Jesus gives Peter a prophetic glimpse (prophecy) of what will occur in Peter’s life when he is old, “Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.ā€ Jesus was telling Peter that he will live until he is an old man, then he will meet his death (crucifixion). In Paul’s case, while traveling to Rome (Acts 27:9-12) he was told in a vision by the Lord that the ship he was on would come to be shipwrecked, but all souls on board would not die, for Paul must go to Rome. It was a divine call and one Paul would meet.

When we look at the lives of these men as well as others who have served Christ, the #1 thing which clearly can be seen is the divine protection of the Lord in those lives until their work or “life assignment” has been finished. We must remember, when we come to Christ, it is no longer us who lives, it is he (Christ) who lives in us, it is no longer our will, but his will that we seek after. This means that when we come to Christ, it is then we start seeking God’s will for our life and then do that will he has assigned us. I believe it is impossible for those who are in Christ to die until their work is done unless one of two or more things happen, they walk away from their calling and God sees their intent is to never serve him again, or they step out of the will of God and tempt his divine security, meaning, they willingly ignore the warning of the Holy Spirit not to go a particular way or they will forfeit their life. Remember, God allows every man or woman a will, he will never overstep that will, and if someone rejects the pleading of the Holy Spirit, then sadly, some will in fact meet an untimely death, yet their soul will be saved. When the apostle Paul was on the island of Milta, he was bitten by a snake (Acts 28:3) yet not once did Paul become sick, ill or even die. Even though the natives of the island deemed him a man who was cursed, they later realized there was something around him that protected him from the bite of the viper (serpent). Paul was in God’s perfect will.

It is important that we do the will of the Father, not our own will.

Thankfully, there is hope and that hope is in Jesus Christ and his work on the cross. His work paid the sin debt, which in turn paid for the remission of sin, this in turn satisfied not only my sins, but the sins of the world. It is his sacrifice on the cross which not only paid for my sins, but literally reversed the claim death has on me. Though my body, when my time comes, will still go by the grave (unless the Lord returns in my lifetime) I have the assurance that I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever, because of the cross.

We might never know all the reasons why people die at an early age, but we know that God will turn something which was to bring sadness and sorrow, to joy that will do something good. God can and will use anything to bring him glory, even if it means using the death of someone who was taken much too young in life. There are some things we just need to leave to God and know that no matter what has occurred, he will give us an answer, maybe not in this life, but in the next, we can take security in that.

 

Christopher

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