While continuing to delve into the question of whether infants and young children go to Heaven upon their untimely deaths, we must take into consideration the actions and words of King David in the Old Testament.
In 2 Samuel 12, we find the child whom David and Bathsheba had together following their infidelity became seriously ill. David began to fast and pray on behalf of his son. He refused to bathe or even to get off of the ground as he cried out to the Lord concerning this child’s illness.
But the child did die, just as God had said he would.
David’s servants were actually afraid to tell him when the child passed because they had witnessed his extreme behavior, and they feared he would be so distraught, he would harm himself. King David saw them whispering and perceived the child had died.
When David’s servants confirmed the child’s death, he got up, washed, anointed himself, changed his clothes, worshiped, and asked for something to eat. Totally confused, his servants questioned his conduct. When the child was sick, David prayed and fasted. But now that the baby had died, he was up and eating. Really?
Check out David’s response: “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).
Wow! “I shall go to him.” The man after God’s own heart expresses his confidence that he would, indeed, be reunited with his son in Heaven. He knew his child had gone to be with God, and he knew, without a doubt, he would one day as well. It is apparent David draws some degree of solace from this thought.
Many a hurting heart could be comforted with this account from the Old Testament. This is why I cannot bring myself to say, “I lost a baby back in 2003.” It’s simply not true. He is not lost. I know exactly where he is, and I will go to him.
May we comfort one another with these words.