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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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43 Comments

  1. Michelle Berry says:

    Thank you for this beautiful answer!!
    God Bless

  2. Teressa says:

    My mother passed away may 18,2014 my grandmother passed away January 19,2013 and my Auntie passed away December 2013 hurt my so bad lose love ones I cry almost everyday thinking about my family in heaven I miss them so much I know they are watching me from heaven .

    1. shamika says:

      Wow…. When I read your comment I almost fell out of my chair. Our stories are so similar. I lost my mom July 3 2013, my only aunt,her baby sister,July 13 2013, and my grandmother passed away July 7 2014. I too hurt and cry everyday and I miss them so much but I know God makes no mistakes and he definitely gives me strength because without Him, I couldn’t make it. I will pray your strength in the Lord because I truly know how you feel. Take care.

    2. Bea says:

      I share a similar loss with both of you. I lost my mom in June and my dad in May 2012. I feel orphaned and lost. And, I too, cry every single day. God’s promise, and His strength is the glue holding us together. Prayers for all of us to live this life as best we can and rejoice with our loved ones when we all get to Heaven.

  3. james fantazzia says:

    MY SPOUSE PASSED AWAY IN MARCH OF 2014 I ALWAYS WONDERED IF SHE CAN SEE HER FAMILY I PERSONALLY WOULD LOVE TO SEE HER ONCE MORE JUST TO TELL HER HOW MUCH I LOVE HER AND MISS HER..RIP HONEY

  4. Marion Greeen says:

    Yes!!! I believe and know this is true, and I enjoy reading this.
    Thanks

  5. Samaresh Misra says:

    Thank You

  6. Heaven says:

    Yasss,Thanks I enjoyed reading thisss:)))
    !