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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.


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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  1. Ron says:

    My name is Ron and have been diagnosed with cancer of the throat. Fixing to go through the chemo and radiation day after tomorrow. Only 59 and just needed to reach out to my Lord and search for answers that would help me with my depression. From what I have read. It really makes a lot of since now. The scriptures I have read so far give me a since of peace. Thanks for hearing me!!

  2. Maditaba says:

    Thanks so much, very helpful. I got the answer I wanted and straight to the point. Thanks once again.

  3. juanita Sosa says:

    My husband been in hospice for six months. On December 20, 2016 the doctor said he only had 3 days left. Well my husband is still here with us and today is his 53 birthday. Counselor told hospice wanted to take my husband of hospice because he should of been dead already but I was prologue his life. As far as I know no one can prolonged no one’s life, I believe in the power of prayer. And that God only know the day and time of my husband death.

  4. Sharon Heard says:

    Dear Morgan, my beloved 22 year old son just died December 6, 2016. I can’t believe I am typing this. I can tell you that the little phone app Jesus Calling is helping me every day. There are scriptures, and a little saying. And I try to read a psalm. He had such emotional pain, I am so sorry for you too I hope there is a grief group online? A Christian one perhaps? I raised my two children alone, while my ex followed his ‘beloved’ son around the country and kicked his two kids to the curb. This destroyed my son. We all are here to help each other, and I’d like to help anyone I have learned sooooo much in this time of sorrow–Jesus holds us so tight and doesn’t let go. It’s unbelievable but the pain is very real.

    1. LaBarbara says:

      Hi Sharon. I too lost my 30 year old son on December 10, 2016. He too had a very emotional journey, but believed in Jesus Christ and soent many hours studying God’s word. Thru the tears, God has comforted me thru His word. Without God I’d be completely lost. I hold fast to John 5:24. There’s healing is talking to other mothers who know the immense pain in losing a child. God Bless you! I hope that we, or anyone else wanting to talk, can help each other thru this very difficult journey.

  5. joanna Swartout says:

    I thought in Psalm 139 it said He knew the day we were to be born and the day we would die. I don’t seem to be able to find it, that is the reason for me asking the question. I have known Christ as my Lord and Savior since 2002. study his Word every day. Have watched you when I was just a small child but never truly came to know Jesus till late in life at 54. thanks for your help. Happy 2017

    1. Colleen says:

      Joanna- you are correct. In Psalm 139 vs 13-16 it speaks of God forming us in our mothers womb and ordaining all the days of our lives… Having created/formed us, He certainly knows when we will be born- and vs 16 speaks to knowing the very day we will die.
      13 For You formed my inward parts;
      You wove me in my mother’s womb.
      14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
      Wonderful are Your works,
      And my soul knows it very well.
      15 My frame was not hidden from You,
      When I was made in secret,
      And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
      16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
      And in Your book were all written
      The days that were ordained for me,
      When as yet there was not one of them.