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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. Venessa Sims says:

    After I`ve experienced the loss of my husband I realized that our salvation is ultimately what matters most and that we can spend eternity in the presence of the Lord. What a comforting thought.

  2. Vicky says:

    My sweet Little 10 year old Angel Daughter passed away on the 3rd of Janaury 2014. It happend in the blink of an eye and my baby was gone. Allot of people say things, God came to collect her, It was her time, She will be happier in heaven, it was an unfortunate accident. I JUST DON’T KNOW, all I do know is that I do not think God has abandoned me, I know HE is with us and I know that my baby is with HIM. Yes my heart is so broken I feel like dying, yes I miss her BUT I trust and Love GOD HE has not forsaken me my entire life and I will hold on to my worship and believe that GOD is in charge, even if it gets hard at times. And I am gratefull that HE created a heaven for us and that HE collects us when the time comes. Amen

  3. kathi Boh says:

    i just dont understand how God could have let my 28 year old daughter die 7 weeks after her surgery bc the doctor failed to see her stitches had tipped open. she was in alot of pain but he said it was normal. When I walked her to the bathroom she just said mama I think i gonna fall. I said NO…Ive got you an I saw her hand drop first then her head dropped…I thought she passed out. it took me 5 in to realize she had no pulse an she was gone. I called 911 an they got lost so she was 15 minutes without CPR even tho I tried. Im so devistated I think I am gonna die from a broken heart. She was fially getting her life back then God takes her…I don’t understand????

    1. kathleenjanzanderson says:

      I’m so sorry for your loss and your pain Kathi. My son died by suicide last year while on medication and I know the devastation. The wrenching pain cannot be explained to those who’ve never lost a child. I pray God is helping you through this. Listening to sermons and praying is what helps me the most.

  4. chris says:

    peggy–i feel your pain. i lost my baby girl, one month before turning 18. she was perfect, beautiful and so very talented. my soul is ripped apart. i cannot imagine how a loving God could do this. i know she is fine, but i am all but dead. i have a husband and another daughter and feel i am no good for anyone.

    i wish no mother would ever feel this, again, ever. this pain is more than i can handle.

  5. Angela Cobb says:

    You’re ministry is as always the most. Real and honest and anointed.u have stood the test of time. I thank u. Please send me info about our lord.

  6. Tom says:

    Jan, I speak against the thyroid cancer in the name of Jesus. Father in the name of Jesus I rebuke this disease and declare that you are healed in the name of Jesus. Isaiah 53:5 says but He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. Spirit of Cancer, depression, I cast you out of Jan life in the name of Jesus. You shall never return into her life or anyone in her family forever in Jesus name. You are healed and made completely whole in Jesus name. Amen!

  7. janet moriarty says:

    I may have thyroid cancer. I am having my biopsy on the 30th. I have had 4 blood tests and the ultra sound and now on the 30th they will biopsy the thyroid. I am scared and unprepared in every way especially spiritually. Just needing a friend that is a distant friend. Don’t necessarily want a hovering friend right now. Depressed. Thankyou. Jan

    1. Adam says:

      I’m sending prayers your way, Janet. I hope things have gotten better for you since this post. Take care.

  8. Joshua says:

    Thank you for enlightening me with your truth and pain,I understand but I can’t possibly know that feeling praise God

  9. Duke Gallardo says:

    When my wife and I lost a daughter at birth, I too thought that God had turned against me.. But in time I learned that most of my pain was selfish, some what. God spoke to my heart and asked me ” would she be better off with me or you” I had to admit that my daughter had bypassed the ugliness of this world and all it’s pain and went straight into the arms of her loving Father and creator. I learned to rejoice in that fact. ..I will see her soon and we will be together for eternity.When we get to Heaven and see why God allowed certain painful things in our lives, and what He accomplished through our suffering we will praise Him for using us for His Glory. Romans 8:18 ” no amount of suffering can be compared. to the glory that will be revealed in us ” .

  10. Peggy says:

    I struggle so— not understanding why God would allow my little 22 year old son to be taken away.. I think that if i had not given him a car or if I had pleased God betfer in some way although i tried very hard to raise my children in the way I thought God would have me to. i feel i must have failed in some great way or God would not have allowed his life to be so short. I thank God fior allowing me to be his mother. I was so blest and now if seems Gid has turned away from me.. If God appointed his time then msybe I could cope better and accept that God didn’t answer my prayers to keep him safe for a reason. I always prayed Gods will be done—but this is so confusing and painful. It is hard to go on without him. Maybe God didn’t forgive my past sins like I thought he had and sent down his punishment. But take my lfe not my little son. I miss him so.

    1. fran says:

      Dear peggy i read your story & it touched me. I want you to know my walk in life has been hard. I always question God , some things I cant explain but the lord knows all. He wants me to send this message to you to forgive yourself & stay very strong! He & your son love u very much & are always by your side.No matter what keep the faith & spirit 🙂 Sometimes God calls his angels back early he needs help in heavan too!! Dear Sister be strong for your boy & yourself always ok the Lord knows everything!!!! God bless always fran 😉

    2. Vicky says:

      Peggy. My baby Girl just passed away this January. I am heartbroken as well and I troll the internet and book stores and Bible looking for answers. One thing I do know, God has our children in heaven, I am thankfull for that. Why were they taken away ? I have a whole list of reasons I wonder why, and yet I think of how easy it would be to just allow myself to think, TRUST IN GODS WILL. Wouldn’t it be great to just breath deap and release that anxiousness ? Now we can miss our babies but no more worry and questions about why, where, how, when. We have all been rotten and we have all tried our best do live to Gods commandments, HE knows we are not perfect and no I do not think he is punishing us. PLEASE FOCUS on Heaven, focus on your son there with our Precious Lord and be thankfull, that is all I can do, broken heart and mind and life, it eases my pain a little.