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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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313 Comments

  1. Nina Pipes says:

    I lost my husband a year ago. Does he miss me?

  2. rebecca says:

    Hi Billy Graham! I would like to know if the dead miss us. If a person or animal gets attached to someone, and then dies, would they miss that someone they loved?

  3. Angelica villagimez says:

    I lost the love of my life on April 19, 2017, and we have three kids together. I miss him like crazy. I just want to know if he knows I miss him so much.

  4. Renz says:

    I lost my husband, best friend, lover, father of my five-year-old daughter on June 3, 2017, three days before my 30th birthday. It is the hardest thing I have ever had to go through. I don’t know if I will ever be OK, but I do get comfort in knowing he is with God. But it does not take away my pain. I hope he can see me and our daughter. I miss him more than what words can explain. This pain is so unbearable at times. For my daughter is the reason I keep going.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Renz,

      Our heart goes out to you and we just prayed for you. There is hope in Jesus Christ! We encourage you to chat with someone online who can listen and pray with you: Peace With God

      Also, here is an article about grief and also an interview with Steven Curtis Chapman that we hope helps comfort you:

      My Answer

  5. Curt Armstrong says:

    NEED PRAYERS. Lost my beautiful and true love of 43 years (Pahn) June 28, 2017. Attending support groups, my church and have spoken to my pastor. I do not seem to be doing well. We were more than married, we were soulmates and best friends. We are a very loving family and Pahn was always the strong one, the center of our family. She built our loving family. Our children and grandchildren are always here to help me grieve but they need to grieve too. Please send prayers and guidance. God bless.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Curt,

      We are so very sorry for your loss and will pray for you and your family. God bless you all!

  6. Renan Mazarini says:

    I lost my mom to metastasis brain cancer a month ago on June 3, 2017. She was only 56. I am 29 and my sister 25. She was our best friend, we are finding it so hard to cope with living without her. I hope God takes me home with her soon because the pain I feel is just unbearable. I am happy that she was saved, all her life she teached us about Jesus Christ. I really hope she can see us and cheer for us

    1. Sherry Foutz says:

      I just lost my mom July 23. She was only 63 but had heart failure and was on dialysis. I’m 34 and she was my world. She was living with my husband and I. The pain is unbearable. I pray she can look down on me but I would hate for her to see me so sad and depressed. I have so many questions about heaven now. I’ve never been really religious but I’m eager to learn. Feels like it’s the only way I’m going to make it through the heartbreak.

    2. BGEA says:

      Hi Sherry,

      We are so sad to hear of your mother’s passing, and we just prayed for God to heal your broken heart and give you His peace. Here are some articles about heaven.

      We hope reading these will help you. You can also talk to someone on our team by clicking here or calling 1-877-247-2426. They can listen and pray with you, and try to answer your questions about what the Bible says about heaven.

      God bless you, Sherry!

    3. Curt Armstrong says:

      I feel your pain. I will send prayers. I wanted to go with my Pahn, my love too, but she told me to be strong for the family. I feel selfish and wanting the Lord to take me so I can be with my Pahn. My pain will only end when it is my time to go.

  7. Alexa says:

    I lost my boyfriend of ten years on July 22, 2017 to a fatal car accident. The pain hurts so bad and I feel like my heart is gone with him. I just want to know if he misses me and still watches over me.

    1. BGEA says:

      Alexa,

      We are so sorry to hear about your loss. We are going to reach out to you through email, but in the meantime, if you would like someone to talk to, you can connect with a member of our team through this site: https://peacewithgod.net/. Look for the chat button on the bottom of the page and we would love to pray with you during this difficult time. God bless.

      -BGEA Team