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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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57 Comments

  1. sissy says:

    Although it was sad losing my father Al. I feel his and Gods presence with me everyday. I truly believe they can hear us talk and they also listen. I’m a believer again. Someday I believe when God needs me they both will be there waiting. God bless us all.

  2. sissy says:

    My father Al passed away 1/29/2015. I’m very sad everyday because he was my not only my dad and best friend he was my mother as well. Weird but true as a child I grew up thinking that Christ was not with me or my siblings at all. I reguarly went to church and Sunday school most often walking alone. When my dear grams passed my heart broke. I blamed God. I was mad! It wasn’t until my father fell very Ill and I prayed for his good health to return every night the doctors told us he wouldn’t live for more than 6 months. I was devastated. Well that time came and went as did 5 years. I believe God saw my pain and heard my prayers. I knew I was being selfish. I asked God to take my dads pain away in prayer one night. On 1/29/15. He did just that.

  3. Letty Piper says:

    My son took his life on 3/10/15 and I am in so much pain. The Holy Spirit spoke to me on 8/25/13 and told me a change was coming. He said life as I know it is coming to an end but put on my dancing shoes and rejoice because a change is coming. My son suffered from Bipolar Depression as did my mom. She took her life on 8/12/99. Life right now seems so overwhelming. I am child of God and so was my son. My mom had a child like mentality due to the suffering and abuse she experienced as a child. Please keep me in prayer. Though my spirit is soaring because I know both are receiving the comfort and healing they failed to have here on earth, my heart feels like it’ll never heal again.

  4. Shari Green says:

    Thank you for clarifying the question. I am most comforted by the fact that you reminded us that the main focus of heaven in relation to us transformed humans is Jesus Christ and of course God. I truly thank the Lord for being who he is and giving his only begotten son to us as a ransom for us, thus taking the keys from the devil allowing his saved children from eternal suffering in hell. HALLELUJAH!!!!

  5. michael robinson says:

    My wife passed away February 11 of this year and I miss her so much she was an extraordinary woman and I feel that she is still with me sometimes, I can ask her a question and I really feel in my heart and my ears I hear her. Her name is Donna her and I hope that she saves a place for me next to her in heaven, I can’t wait.

    1. Miriam says:

      My husband passed away 4 yrs ago. I can understand your pain and how much you miss her. He was my best friend a wonderful husband. There are times when I go through trials I just ask him to look down and ask Jesus to help me.

  6. charlene says:

    My mom has been passed on for three years now. And I know that she is still there for me and with me, and she see how unhappy I am in my marriage. But I’m staying strong she’s there.

    1. Joe says:

      God Bless you and keep praying. Don’t give up hope. I will pray for you.

  7. mary dickenson says:

    I feel my loved ones know the good things in my life here on earth.

  8. dave says:

    i think the artial was good my wife pass away three and haft months

    thmths ago and now iknow she can see me