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Most people have had their lives affected by death at some point. Death can bring about a heavy sadness and a longing to be with that person one more time. Thankfully, as Christians, we will have that opportunity someday. In my opinion, there’s no better example of a person understanding this than David. David’s child had become sick and he began to pray to God.

David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them. - 2 Samuel 12:16-17

David went before God and pleaded for Him to spare the child’s life. Finally they brought word to David that the child was dead.

But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat. - 2 Samuel 12:19-20

David’s servants are astounded. When the child was alive, David was in sackcloth and ashes. When the child died, he should have been beside himself with grief. Instead, he got up, took a shower, and changed his clothes, then went to the house of God to worship. His servants asked for an explanation.

And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me. - 2 Samuel 12:22-23

David knew that the child went to be with God. He said, “I will go to him someday.” David knew that when death came to him, he would be reunited with his child. David could rejoice when his child died because he knew that one day he would see him again.

As hard as it may be sometimes, that can be our outlook too. We will see our loved ones again when this life is over. In the meantime, we are not left alone to deal with our grief. Not only do we have our friends and family for support, but more importantly, we have the Comforter.

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. - John 14:16-18

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. - John 14:26-27

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I needed this today. 🥹 Thank you.


Thank you so much Skyler. We know His word, we know His promises, and we know the Holy Ghost - our comfort can only come through Him.


Thank you! These passages have stayed with me for years. Thankful for the Comforter!

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