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Q:

Do you think people who've already entered heaven can look down and see what we're doing here on earth? Sometimes I think of my spouse in that way (she died four years ago). But, then, wouldn't she be unhappy looking down on all the misery here? I always thought heaven was a place of total happiness.


A:

Yes, heaven is a place of total happiness and peace, and we can be confident that our loved ones who have gone before us into heaven are not disturbed or upset over the evil things that happen here on earth.

The Bible doesn’t clearly tell us if people in heaven are able to observe what happens on earth–although there are some hints that they do. In the book of Hebrews, for example, the writer recalls the great men and woman of faith who have gone before us and are now in heaven. Then he adds, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses … let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1). Like spectators in an arena, he seems to suggest, they are watching and cheering us on as we seek to follow Christ.

Never forget that heaven’s main focus is Christ. Even if those in heaven see some of what happens here, they now see it from God’s point of view. And they know that some day “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).

Thank God for the hope we have in Christ–a hope that is based squarely on Jesus Christ and what He did for us through His death and resurrection. Is your hope and trust in Him?

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28 Comments

  1. JR says:

    I lost my dad about 16 weeks ago. Very tuff thing to go through. But, I know where he is and I have that promise and hope that I will be joined with him again one day as brothers in Christ. I sometimes think about the things he is missing here on earth like watching his Grandchildren grow up and it makes me sad. Then I have to tell myself that I am referring to earthly things. There is absolutely nothing here that can make him any happier than he is right now. He sacrificed for me and my family for my entire life to make sure we had all we wanted. Now I’m going to sacrifice for him for his gain. He has the ultimate prize that we are all working towards. What a glad reunion it will be!! Give God all the Praise , Honor, and Glory!!

  2. Jack Fletcher says:

    Wow. I know that I’m just a sinner saved by grace, but it’s kind of spooky to think my mom and dad are still watching over what I’m up to.

  3. Nancy Kerley says:

    I can feel my husbands encouragement , and love. Gives me a lot of comfort.

  4. Bill Brinegar says:

    Bonnie, the love of my life passed away September 16, 2013 from triple negative stage 4 breast cancer. I am having a really hard time trying to sort through my loss. It is so hard to understand why a loving God that is opnipitent would allow such hurt and sorrow. Yes I have accepted Christ and yes I still have faith and believe that he died for my salvation, but it is not possible for me to not have questions. My wife believed and trusted in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and during her last days said it was all worth it if it it pointed just one person to salvation. I could put on a front and pretend I didn’t question anything, but that would only be hiding the truth. Bonnie and I spent 2013 reading the Bible, she read the complete New Testament while I read the Old Testament and we discussed what we read and our thoughts every day. I explained to her that, in Psalms 23, there was a real Valley of the Shadow of Death in what is now Palestine (Israel) and the meaning of Thy rod and staff and what they were used for. She must have taken to heart “Dwell in the House of The Lord FOREVER”, because in her very last days as she would wake up from her pain medicine she would repeat “FOREVER, FOREVER ” several times. My questions are; why did God instruct some of the old testiment patriots to kill every living thing in the villages they were sent to conquer, why is so much pain and suffering allowed, etc. I pray every day for God to reveal to me if I will know, love and recognize Bonnie in Heaven, and will she know, recognize and love me. I do not understand why something so important is not made clear. Everyone keeps telling me that it will get better, it hasn’t so far and I don’t think or want it to in the future, I miss her so much, she was my whole life.

    1. James Renfroe says:

      I am truly sorry for your loss. But as followers of Christ know that now Bonnie is without pain, in her perfect body. She is with Jesus in Heaven and that is a great thing. Stay the course and someday you too will be with Jesus.
      Unfortunately, bad things do happen to good people. We are on earth for God’s pleasure and He will use us as he pleases. The ‘good’ is for good and the ‘bad’ will also be for ‘good’, it just might take a little time to divulge the where and why portion of it all. You should have comfort KNOWING that Bonnie is with God and is without the pain that you saw her enduring and someday you will be with God also.
      Rejoice in her memory holding on to the love that you shared.
      Serving Him
      James Renfroe