I attended a funeral last week for someone I did not know. I took one of my best friends as a favor to her, because she was very upset over the death of a close friend of her’s. She doesn’t think this friend ever accepted Jesus as his Savior, so she was hurting from that and the grief.

The son of the deceased spoke during the service at the funeral home, and then it was open mic. A couple of women went up and talked about memories they had with him. It was different.

Then, we went to the grave site.  A “preacher” from the funeral home spoke. Keep in mind, no preacher had spoken during the actual service.

This so called “preacher” said this, “This is my 2nd funeral this week for someone under the age of 45. And this reminds me of a Scripture in Job about how “God gives and God takes away.” 

First things first. This man died in a car accident because he was drinking and driving. God did not cause that.

Second of all, God did not cause Job to lose all of his kids and possessions. Satan did.

 Job 1:6 One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”

Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

Satan wanted to test Job, to see if his life was changed if he would continue living for God:
Job 1:“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” 12 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”

There were family and friends at this grave site who did not know the Lord, who now think that God took this 41 year old out of their life. Is that going to make them turn towards God or run? 

Probably run.

WHY do people think it’s ok to say things like this? I am so conscious of what I say to people who don’t know the Lord as their Savior. I think you need some form of relationship with a person before you just start asking questions like, “If you die tomorrow will you go to heaven?” That’s important, yes, but knowing that God loves them and nothing they can do will cause Him to love them any less is a big deal to me.

Also, He can not give you something He doesn’t already have. God isn’t up in heaven just waiting for you to mess up so He can strike you down with cancer, cause a car wreck or take a loved one from you. That’s NOT how He works!