Death, like life, is not random

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From time to time I will post some brief thoughts about the last 3 ½ years of my wife’s life. As many of you know, my wife, Ruth, was diagnosed with the most lethal form of brain cancer on April 1, 2010. Since that day, God has proven himself faithful beyond all that Ruth and I could ask or imagine. She went home at her Father’s call October 19th. 


Ruth immediately turned to Psalm 139:16 as one of her anchors:


Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.


Some quick thoughts:


Ruth did not lose her battle with cancer. She embraced the loving providence of her God in victory.


Her life was not cut short, she lived just as long as her Father intended.


Her death was not random. She rejoiced in God’s purpose for her life.


She was never intimidated by death, but longed for home.


She did not fear, but rejoiced in God’s goodness to her in that Christ conquered death and robbed it of its sting. 


Death appears to strike at random. But death is not the victor for those who have been called to the side of the loving Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Death brings deep pain and shattered hopes. But God’s purpose is not lost. It is always what Psalm 139 tells us – our days were formed even before there was one of them. Death is not random!


It is never too early to begin to teach your children about the bedrock foundation of Psalm 139.



Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.