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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.


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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91 Comments

  1. JoAnn Schrader says:

    My husband and I have debated that topic over and over. I guess we will just have to wait and see. Someday it will make sense

  2. Elizabeth says:

    My coworker had a friend that died trying to save his brother. I was able to share your message with her. I told her,…. that although it may not give much comfort today, that in time it will. Thanks for such a good explanation.

  3. Robert Ferrainolo says:

    God grant us the wisdom to redeem the time, number our days and apply our hearts to wisdom, for we are closer then we first believed

  4. Shelia Allen says:

    What a mighty God we serve.

  5. Charlotte clemmer says:

    So enjoy your thoughts on God’s Word.
    thanks for being their and helping me

  6. Michele Carta says:

    I enjoyed reading, mostly it was in layman’s terms.

    1. Michele Carta says:

      I give myself to the lord fully !

  7. Ronald Tate says:

    When a freak accidents happen to person,is it the way they supposed to die

    1. Joe says:

      Ronald, accidents that involve death should be looked at in a way where we are able to be comforted in it. God is sovereign over all things however he also grieves and is saddened by our suffering. Death can be overwhelming, however trusting that our Lord is in charge and can and will make good from it should be focused upon rather than did God ordain it.
      Freak accidental death is in one way a result of our free will and choices. So in hindsight we could have done otherwise, however nothing can thwart God’s destiny for us from His perspective.

      Blessings

  8. natalee baggett says:

    I love you God. I know you’re by my side.