Job 1:19-20 (All seven of Job's children died in one day):
A great wind came from across the wilderness
and struck the four corners of the house,
and it fell on the young people and they died.
Job 8:4 (Job's friend Bildad speaks):
If your sons sinned against Him,
Then He delivered them into the power of their transgression.
Is Bildad correct? Is every premature death in the world because of the judgment of God on sin? Sometimes God kills people because of their sin, but that rule does not apply to every death. Here is the rule that covers every death:
Rule: Every person dies because of the plans and purpose of God.
God had a purpose for killing Job's children. It was a bigger-than-life purpose. Job's seven children did not die for their sin. They died for your comfort. They died to teach Job a lesson that God recorded in a book for every believer after Job to learn. The lesson is that God is working out a plan for his own people that extends from before my birth to after my death. Death is a small part of the entire program.
The first Christian martyr, Stephen, died in Acts 7. He was murdered. It was a tragedy, but not a senseless tragedy. He was a gifted young man. His death scattered the church out of their comfort zone in Jerusalem and caused the gospel to be spread in the Roman Empire. He showed us how a Christian must die. He showed us what awaits Christians the moment we close our eyes in death. In the case of Stephen, God gave us a glimpse into His plans and purpose; but God rarely allows us such an insight. God gives a few examples like Job and Stephen, so that we will be able to trust God and his purpose. God is teaching us that there are no accidents in life or death.
Are you willing to trust God with both your life and your death? If you do not put away the fear of death, you will always be a handicapped Christian. Faith trusts God for both life and death. Faith trusts God for His hidden plans and purpose. Faith trusts that the Heavenly Father knows best.
Maybe the teaching of Paul in the New Testament (Romans 14:7-8) is clearer than the Old Testament story:
For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself;
for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord;
therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.
For me to live is Christ.