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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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65 Comments

  1. T. M. says:

    What about hezekiah who had 15 years added to his life in isaiah old testament

  2. Alan johnson says:

    Are we all family somehow? If so, why do we not care about others more than our families? I so want Jesus to let me in Heaven, but I don’t know if my faith is good enough.

    1. BGEA says:

      Alan, you can be sure. Please visit https://peacewithgod.net/ to talk and pray with a member of our team.

  3. Charlie Niel says:

    I really like the info found here. It brings me comfort.

  4. Bernadette says:

    I do believe that our lives are in God’s hands. Whatever happens to us he knows ahead of time how we can have time. He knows how long you live and he knows the choices we didn’t make so yes he does know according to our choices.

  5. Amanpeet says:

    Jesus please bless me.

  6. Sherry Tyler says:

    I am struggling to stay on the path to the Lord. It seems like every time I get close to what He wants me to be, Satan works to deter me from my journey; even using people who love the Lord. This has been going on my entire life; now I am 55 years old and very weary. How can this happen? How can evil be allowed to use good people who are unaware of it?

  7. Ernest Matome says:

    Emmanuel

    I have found the post helpful. Thank you, and I will like to receive posts of this nature in the future.
    Shalom

  8. Martha says:

    Three yrs ago my husband of 29 yrs took his life. He was a believer but suffered from bipolar disease. I know this was NOT God’s plan for his life but that God can bring good out of a horrible situation. Knowing that he was a believer and that he is in heaven is a comfort. God has been so faithful to me and my family! I had never had to rely on God’s promises as I had to do after his death. I want to help people that have either lost a loved one to suicide or just help in someone’s grief! It’s a terrible path with grief but God is faithful and will comfort us and strengthen us as we travel the path.

    1. morgan says:

      Hi, i am struggling with my daughters death. Can you help

    2. BGEA says:

      Hi Morgan,

      We are so sorry for your loss and are praying for you. God loves us very much, and He has a plan for each of our lives. But sometimes His plan is one that we can’t understand. In Isaiah 55:8, God says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.” He is a holy, perfect God, and we are not. There are some things we won’t understand until we get to see Him one day in heaven.

      While we might not understand why things happen, we can have peace knowing that He is a God of comfort and understanding. Remember that God Himself took on agonizing pain and experienced death (before rising again!) to take our sins upon Himself. Think of it—the weight of the world’s sin on Him. He was rejected by His own people, and Isaiah 53:3 calls Him “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” He understands our pain and can give us the strength we need to get through it.

      For more on why there’s suffering, click here: http://bit.ly/QuestionsAboutSuffering.

      God knows what you’re going through and wants to help you through it. The first step is to ask His Son, Jesus Christ, to come into your life and guide you. Christ bridges the gap between us and God and can transform your life when you trust in Him. He can give you strength, comfort, joy and hope no matter what your circumstances are. He can take away restlessness and replace it with contentment. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

      Here is a good resource for you: http://bit.ly/GriefAndLoss.

      May God bless and comfort you!
      – BGEA Team