Will I See My Child Again?

We can live in the assurance that if we know Jesus Christ as our personal savior, we will see our deceased child again. The Biblical story of the death of King David’s infant son provides Biblical support for our hope that we will see our children again in Heaven. In the book of 2 Samuel, King David has a child with Bathsheba. The baby is seriously ill from birth. For seven days following the baby’s birth, David fasted and prayed without ceasing. We are told that he would not eat, despite the repeated requests from his servants to do so. We are told that he “layed all night on the ground” in ceaseless prayer. 2 Samuel 12:16.

But after seven days of this fasting and praying, his infant son died. David’s servants were initially hesitant of even telling David, believing that he would be so distraught so as to consider suicide. Instead, upon receiving the unwelcome news, David surprised his servants by immediately washing, anointing, going into worship, and taking a meal. The servants wondered why, after feasting and praying during his infant son’s short lifetime, he would act in this manner upon hearing of the news of his son’s death. In response, David tells them, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept, for I said, ‘Who knows whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.” 2 Samuel 12: 22-23.

David trusted in God for his own salvation, and believed that he would one day go to Heaven. David wrote, “My heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope. For you will not leave my soul in Sheol….in your presence is fullness of joy, at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11. In saying that David would “go to him,” David was clearly suggesting that he would be joining his infant son in heaven upon his own death. Clearly, if David believed that he would not see his son again, he would have expressed greater grief then he did at the death of his infant son.

Later in David’s life, David experienced the death of a second son, though under far different circumstances. 2 Samuel 18. This son, Absalom, was killed after Absalom’s unsuccessful attempt to unseat his own father from the throne of Israel. There, unlike the death of his infant son, David wept openly, not having the same assurance that his son Absalom would join David in the life to come. 2 Samuel 18: 33.

In David’s case, Dave had the assurance that he would see his son because he trusted in God. That is, while David’s son was saved by grace, David was saved by grace through faith. We cannot make the same assumption about seeing our own deceased child unless we trust Jesus Christ, in faith, for our salvation. If you have not already trusted in Jesus for your salvation, there is no more appropriate time then now. We invite you to contact us if you have questions about faith in Christ, or want to know more about beginning a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.