When someone you love dies, the emotions are strong, the grief is heavy and the loss is extremely painful. After losing my son, my mom and dad, my oldest brother, along with all of my grandparents and all of my aunts and uncles as well as some friends, I feel like I’ve experienced a lot of death for someone who isn’t old enough to get a social security check yet.
Each one is different. Each relationship is different. My son being killed in the line of duty 2 years ago when he was only 34 years-old has been the most difficult – by far. I think one of the things that makes this loss so huge is how young he was. We lost so much of his life. I will not be surprised if I’m still saying his was the toughest one if I live to be 90 years-old.
So I’m very interested when God starts talking about why the righteous die in Isaiah 57:
“No one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.”
I believe that this is true. God knows the future and sometimes he spares his children from bad and evil things that would happen to them if they stayed on earth. I believe that my son completed his purpose on earth so God took him home. No more evil will be done to him.
God sees our death on earth as a reward because, as believers, we get to go home to be with him. “Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.”
Their bodies remain here on earth but their souls are free and filled with joy as they walk hand-in-hand with Jesus into heaven.