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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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354 Comments

  1. Karen Henegar says:

    I lost my husband on February 8, 2018. I am heartbroken. I know he is in heaven but my heart hurts because my best friend is not here. I know God is here, I am just feeling lost.

  2. Cleta M. Feltner says:

    Thank you! I miss my former husband. I hope he still sees me.

  3. Joe Walsh says:

    I 100 percent believe in Jesus Christ, and can’t wait to hug him, tell him I love him and thank him for his bravery.

  4. Karen Little says:

    I lost my only child the day after his 22nd birthday from his rejecting transplanted kidney! I miss him so much and want to make him proud….. I will live everyday as if he can see everything as Jesus does! Thank you for helping me!

    1. Matthew says:

      I also lost my son of 22 years this past Christmas. Prayers to all who are broken.

  5. sherry leigh meadows says:

    Thank you for insight and clarification on this subject. Very helpful.

  6. Danah Franks says:

    Thank you.

  7. Duane Botts says:

    Very enlightening.

  8. Crissy says:

    My father died eight years ago and when I’m really stressed out I usually come across one of his videos. He was in the choir. It’s like God allows me to see these videos at the right time. I believe my father knows I’m facing a trial in my life right now but he also knows the final outcome. The saints in Heaven are cheering us on!

    1. Debbie says:

      I would think that God is the one pointing you to view your father’s video. He knows this will comfort you.