“Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.” Deuteronomy 5:16
It is always heartbreaking when someone dies at a young age, especially children. However, the Bible is very clear, God’s will for us is to live a long and healthy life upon the earth. It is never God’s will for someone die at a young age. God promises health and a long life to everyone who honors their parents.
When someone dies at an early age, one of the worst things that you can do is to try to make excuses for God. I’m sure that you have heard someone say something like, “The Lord must have needed a little angel.” Maybe something like, “God took so and so home today.”
When someone dies with a sickness or because of a tragedy, do not say that God “took” them. That is attributing the sickness or tragedy to God, and the Scriptures are very clear that it is God’s will for us to live a long life. Besides, if God takes someone, it will be an awesome experience. So far, He has only “taken” three people. Enoch, Elijah and Jesus! The Bible says, “And Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.” If God takes someone, there will not be a body left for you to look at! Pretty soon the trumpet will sound and God is going to take all of us!
The promise of a long and healthy life is not made to those who simply “obey” their parents. It is made to those who “honor” their parents. You may be grown or your parents may have already passed away. You may not be able to obey them anymore, but you can certainly still honor them.
To honor your parents means to show them great respect. It means to treat them as precious. It means that you defer to them above others. Biblically speaking, it also means that you care for their financial needs when they get older.
Never speak ill of your parents. Even if they have made mistakes, remember that God expects you to honor them. When you do, you have a legal right to expect and claim God’s promise of health and long life.
Confession: Thank you Lord for my mom and dad. Help me to always honor them in word and in deed.