"It was for the best."

"It was for the best."

Let me start off by saying, I believe God is sovereign over every detail of our lives and His ways are not our ways. He is good even when we don’t understand. With this in mind…

Death is not what is best. Death is the result of a broken world. God sent Jesus to die in our place and to conquer death forever. He made a way for all who call on Jesus to have victory in death and wiped away its sting for us, and we rejoice in this. But death itself is God's enemy. Death is not the best.

It is appropriate for us to lament when we are faced with the death of a loved one. It is a fitting response to cry out over the brokenness of the world.

Yes, God works all things together for the good of His children. He works in our sorrow. He sanctifies us in our suffering. His ways are not our ways and His way is the best way. His plan is the best plan--a plan that includes the redemptive work of Jesus Christ and His glorious return, when every tear will be wiped from the eyes of His children. We can rest knowing it won't always be this way, as we fix our tearful eyes on Him.