Good people pass away; the godly often die before their time. But no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. For those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die. -- Isaiah 57:1-2, NLTHardly a day goes by that we don't hear of the tragic untimely death of someone too young or too good to die. We are never prepared when death comes suddenly. Even when we witness the devastating effects of cancer or Alzheimer's, we are ill-prepared for the moment when those we love lose their earthly battle against their illness and find complete healing in the arms of their Savior.
I have often considered those who have died young to have been spared from the evils of our modern-day world, but I never knew my thinking was supported in Scripture. It comforts me to know that the verses above were written under God's inspiration. I pray you are comforted, too.
My prayer for those who are mourning the loss of a loved one is that they will find comfort in God's promises and in the assurance that "when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands" (2 Corinthians 5:1, NLT). If your loved one knows Christ as Savior, then you can be assured that when the moment of death comes, he or she will immediately be in the presence of the Savior, for to be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord (v. 8).