Why Good People Die

20111107-061035.jpgDeath is an occurrence that has touched nearly everyone – perhaps we have lost a close relative, a friend, or an acquaintance. A common question that is raised is, “How could the Lord take such a good person, when there are so many wicked people left to survive?” The book of Isaiah gives an answer:

“The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.”Isaiah 57:1-2

The question of why the evil survive and the good perish is asked often in prior books of the Bible, such as Job or Proverbs. It seems the key is to put things into an overall eternal perspective, not just from a “here and now” point of view. This verse tells us that the righteous are taken that they will find peace and be spared from evil here in this life. As the writer mentions, this is a hard concept for those who remain to understand – how could God take such a good person from us? But we see that it is a form of mercy from God to those who pass on, for beginning an eternity with God must be far better than enduring life here on earth, no matter how good we may think our situation. I have become convinced of this very concept in just the last couple of years – there is much to enjoy in this life, but there is also much suffering. For the righteous, the start of eternity with the Father is a great blessing.


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