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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.


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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  1. Agnes Buychuck says:

    I lost my home in a fire in 2013, had an accident in 2013, lost my husband and another accident in 2015, my daughter died in 2016, and i have not lost my faith in the lord. sometimes i have question, but i always run back to the lord. He keeps me strong to go on living. i could not do it without him.

  2. Siosaia Fangaloka says:

    I am really thrilling with so much encouraged and blessed by this powerful message!

  3. Nancy Skellenger says:

    I desire to know everything I can about the HOLY TRINITY .and especially the books of Daniel and Revelations

  4. Brenda. Chandler says:

    I truly believe god calls us home. At time of death. If we are christians. How are our days numbered.

  5. Sally Ragland says:

    I would like a further answer about the numbered days God gives each of us.

    1. Sally Ragland says:

      Jesus is my Savior and I praise and thank God for Him and the Holy Spirit who in dwells my soul.

  6. Evangelist Adeniyi Taiwo says:

    You don’t know when your last good bye will be. Repent of your sin

  7. bill mac leod says:

    I love God and I pray to Him every day

  8. Sandy lewis says:

    Just need prayers my granny is in icu and on life support

  9. David Vaccaro says:

    Thank you for this article. I believe and trust in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I know God has my days numbered and wish I could stop worrying about when my time is up.

  10. diana deering says:

    Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior……I believe he died on the cross for my sins.
    I pray that HE will keep my sons, and my mom and family for eternity in heaven with HIM.
    In Jesus name I pray. Amen.