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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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328 Comments

  1. Lucretia says:

    Love the post

  2. Tanisha says:

    My mother died last week. Today has been rough but I know she is watching over me.

  3. Dianne Laborie says:

    Very comforting! Thanks!

  4. alena morris says:

    My friend Douglas died 3 months ago. I was in the car. I think he can see me. I just can’t get that image out of my mind. I remember looking up and seeing my best friend Douglas. I saw my best friend who died also..10 years of having fun. I never thought it would happen. We were only 13 and 14. Oh how I miss him.

  5. Dennis Elm says:

    I’m a Christian looking to seek Jesus and I always liked Billy Graham.

  6. Heather says:

    This made me feel better as I have been missing the loss of my dad so much lately

  7. James Samen says:

    The world is so empty here without Mama. RIP Mama.

  8. Sondra says:

    I just wanted to say thank you for answering my question about my loved ones and exactly where they go after death. Your response just happened to be on my dad’s birthday!
    Thank you, Sondra