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By   •   July 27, 2005

Q:

Does God know when every person is going to die, or is it all left up to chance? If He does know, does that mean it can't be changed, even with the best medical help? I've always been curious about this.


A:

When we will die is not a matter of accident or chance; the Bible makes it clear that our lives are in God’s hands. He knows the time of our death, and He has even appointed it. The Bible says, “Man’s days are determined; you (God) have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed” (Job 14:5).

Does this mean we shouldn’t seek medical care when we are sick, or that it doesn’t matter if we do dangerous things because God will deliver us anyway? No, not at all; not one verse of Scripture would support such a view. Satan urged Jesus to cast Himself down from the top of the Temple and trust God to deliver Him—but Jesus refused to do such a foolhardy thing. He told Satan, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test” (Matthew 4:7).

Your question is actually a complex one; there is much about death we do not know, for God hasn’t chosen to answer all our questions about it. But we do know this: Someday we will all die—and the real question is, are we prepared for that day? We can be, by giving our lives to Christ and trusting Him to forgive and save us. Have you made your personal commitment to Him?

When we know Christ, then we can say with the psalmist, “My times are in your hands” (Psalm 31:15). Jesus came to give us life—life right now, and life in the world to come. Make sure of your commitment to Christ today.

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18 Comments

  1. Debbie Smith says:

    I have also lost several loved ones: my husband, my father 8 months later and a brother in law who committed suicide recently. I found that Grief Share through a local church helped me trust God more deeply. I was able to experience the “peace that passes understanding”, that is only possible and lasting through the one who suffered and died for me. It requires a relationship with Christ and honesty with yourself when doing the homework. Th workbook is free and the other participants are encouraging as we share the changed life’s that death brings. Check GriefShare.org for a church near you. God bless you

  2. Leah Saunders says:

    to make the best use of your life, you must never forget two truths: first, compared with eternity, life is extremely brief. Second, earth is only a temporary residence. You won’t be here long, so don’t get too attached. Ask God to help you see life on earth as he sees it. David prayed, “Lord, help me to realize how brief my time on earth will be. Help me to know that I am here for but a moment more.”

  3. al vasicek says:

    I lost my 17 year old son to suicide memorial day 2012. I tried my best to teach him right from wrong. Some things he did may have been a clue but I did not see it. the first car accident may have been a suicide attempt, I will never know but I did not punish him for it. The second time he had an accident , he was leaving a cemetery where a friend was buried. He was not paying attention and had a crash. This time I got mad because he has got to pay attention when driving. Shortly after he killed himself.. I wonder what I did wrong, nothing hurts like this. I try to keep my faith and trust in Jesus but this situation has me wondering about many things. If anybody has any answers please reply. Thank you.

    1. Lynn Stepp says:

      Al, I am sorry I do not have any answers for you but I lift you and your family up in prayer this morning. Lynn

    2. Sona says:

      Your getting mad at him for the accodent has nothing to do with the suicide. Don’t blame yourself for not being able to see that something was wrong with him. Many people have depression to the degree that they have suicidal thoughts and you can never ever tell. Even if he showed signs, you would never ever know that he could kill himself. We are only human beings, we can’t prevent everything. Ask God to send you his Holly Spirit to comfort you, to give you peace. God will cofort you s that no human being, no words, no therapies can. The comfort will fall upon you like a miracle. Don’t try to find answers right now, don’t ask for answers from God, just ask him to comfort you and he will do it. Call Jesus, say his name…