When someone you love dies, the emotions are strong, the grief is heavy and the loss is extremely painful. After losing my son, my mom and dad, my oldest brother, along with all of my grandparents and all of my aunts and uncles as well as some friends, I feel like I’ve experienced a lot of death.
Each one is different. Each relationship is different.
My son, David Glasser, was a Phoenix Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty 6 years ago. His death has been the most difficult for me – by far. I think one of the things that makes this loss so huge is how young he was – he was only 34 years-old. We lost so much of his life. I can’t imagine any death being more difficult that his.
Davey loved God, he loved his family and friends and he loved the city he served and protected. He lived life to its fullest, sharing his faith regularly and he left a legacy of love to those of us who have been left behind.
So I’m very interested when God starts talking about why the righteous die in Isaiah 57:
“No one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.” verse 1.
I believe that everything God says is true. He knows the future and sometimes he chooses to spare his children from bad and evil things that would happen to them if they stayed on earth. I believe that Davey completed his purpose on earth so God took him home. No more evil will be done to him.
God sees our death on earth as a reward because, as believers, we get to go home to be with him. “Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.” vs 2.
Their bodies remain here on earth but their souls are free and filled with joy as they walk hand-in-hand with Jesus into heaven.
Those of us here on earth who have put our faith in Jesus will experience this joy as well someday. Today we may be travelling down a very difficult road but we have hope because we know how our journey on earth ends.
Thank you for the truth in your word, Abba Father. Please comfort those of us who are left behind.