I don’t understand suffering. It’s going to be the first thing I ask the Lord about when I finally see him face to face. But whenever I hear about it, observe it, experience it . . . it sends me searching for reasons I can make sense of.
“‘What makes you think children go to heaven when they die?’ I asked.
‘Isaiah 7:16 talks about an age before a child is morally accountable, before the child ‘knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right.’ King David spoke of going to be with his son who dies at birth. Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’ which indicates they will go to heaven. There’s a considerable amount of other scriptural support for this position as well.'”
The Case for Faith
by Lee Strobel
I don’t know what would have happened in Emmit Trapp’s lifetime. I don’t know if he would have come to know God or rejected Him. But if I believe my Bible – and I DO, that sweet little boy will have eternal life with God in heaven. I don’t know what has happened or what will happen in the lives of his family, but I CAN pray that this tragedy will bring his family closer together and closer to God. If that little boy went to heaven early and someone comes to Christ because of it, I’ve got to believe God’s plan is better than mine. Because my plan puts that little boy at home with his family. My plan says they won’t suffer grief, be plagued with “what if” or have to face tomorrow without their little boy.
I’ve got to believe that God knows something I don’t.
And no, I do NOT judge Emmit’s mother or his family. Because there, but for the Grace of God, go I.