A Biblical Revelation – The Loss of a Baby
David, the man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22) gives a truth worth grasping when we face the tragedy of the death of a baby. David writes, “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together…, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:13-16) The prophet Jeremiah has this Biblical revelation, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” We know from Scripture that the life of a child is unique and sacred. The Word “knew” (Hebrew-יָדַע yāḏa) means God knows us personally, relationally and He has ordained us to do a specific task before we were even born. David says before our days came to be, God has written down His ideal purpose for us in the whole of life. To God, the age and existence of a child is not figured from the day they are physically born, but from His knowledge of their conception through eternity.
Medicine for a broken heart over the death of a baby is Holy Spirit illumination of the current dwelling place of the child missed here and now. King David was able to comfort his wife with the Biblical revelation he had of the death of their child, “…I will go to him, but he will not return to me.” (2 Samuel 12:23) Jesus gives us all a truth to grasp: “I am going there to prepare a place for you… I will come back and take you to be with Me that you may also be where I am.” (John 14:2b-3) The Apostle Paul believed the Lord, He wrote, “We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8)
“Some years ago in Dayton, Ohio, a little girl came to know the love of Jesus Christ, becoming an earnest Christian. She loved her father very much, but her father was not a Christian and he had no concerns for the affairs of the Body of Christ.
Each evening as the father came home from work, this little girl would meet him at the gate. Despite the gate being very high and without gaps to see through, she waited patiently. In order for his daughter to see him come home through the gate, he took a paling off the gate. Each night when the father came home from work, his little Christian daughter was waiting for him, eagerly looking through the palings of the gate.
One day the little girl became very ill, one from which she would never recover. As she became sicker and sicker, the little Christian girl told her father, ‘When I get to heaven, I am going to ask God to pull a paling off Heaven’s gate so I can look through to see if you are coming.’” (Knights Treasury of 4,000 Illustrations, Walter B. Night)
For those who have a baby in heaven, there is truth for your soul. You can overcome bitterness, suppress anger and choose to walk in everlasting joy. The one you lost is waiting in heaven. Souls in heaven are looking, watching to see if you are coming through faith in Jesus Christ. (John 14:6; Acts 4:12)