Death is never a good thing. It grieves even God, for at the death of Lazarus, Jesus wept (John 11:35). Death was never part of God’s plan or God’s purposes for humanity.
Nevertheless, God is able to take even the worst things in life, and bring something good from them, and death is no exception.
Scripture on Death and God’s Care
Psalm 116:15 is a Scripture on death, it says this:
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.
This does not mean that God wants people to die. Far from it! Death is not and has never been God’s will for people. Death is the exact opposite of what God wants for us. God desires that we have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10).
But this verse teaches that when people die, as we all do, God notices and God cares. He is with us in our pain, in our loss, and in our grieving. More importantly, He is with His children who pass away from this life into the next. For those who belong to God, death is not the end of life, but is simply the beginning of a brand new life with God, a life free of pain and hardship, toil and tears. It is a life full of joy and peace, satisfaction and significance.
Because the death of His saints is precious in the sight of God, He takes the sting of death and swallows it up in victory (1 Corinthians 15:54-55).
Scriptural Books on Death
Here are some helpful books for learning more about what Scripture teaches on the topic of death. Click on a book below to see pricing and reviews.