2 SAMUEL 14
I loved verse 14 in this chapter. Let me quote it here from the New Living Translation: "All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him."
From our perspective, death is like water that has been spilled out on the ground. We don’t have the power to "unspill" it. Over the years, with medical technology, we have certainly gained a lot of power over keeping the water from being spilled prematurely. But, eventually, we all fall out of the bucket.
Is this a problem for God? Nope. Apparently, what we see as "the end" isn’t the end to Him at all. Instead, He devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from Him. Our "death" on this Earth is not the kind of death God wants to keep us from! He wants to keep us from the true and everlasting kind of death—the kind that comes from being ultimately and irrevocably separated from Him.
So, while it’s normal to grieve when we lose a loved one, let’s not forget that God looks at death very differently than we do. When it looks to us like the water has been spilled out on the ground, it’s not the end from God’s perspective. He can and He will bring us back.