Job 12:7 But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
And the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
8 Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you;
And the fish of the sea will explain to you.
9 Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the Lord has done this,
10 In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
11 Does not the ear test words
And the mouth taste its food?
12 Wisdom is with aged men,
And with length of days, understanding.
I have been asked often by one grieving their loss, “will I see my beloved dog again some day”? And my response is, the Bible doesn’t explicitly tell us that we will and there is a reason for this, but I do believe if saved, you will. The Bible does give some clues on this, so let me explain.
Firstly, God promised to “wipe away all tears”, which I would believe would mean that our hope to see our loved one again would encompass that “wiping away”. I don’t believe God would want His children disappointed for an eternity or dwelling on this.
Secondly, if we read and study the Biblical account, we often miss God’s provision for animals. In Matt 10:29 for example, Jesus said that God cares about the mere sparrow’s last breath on earth. In Genesis 6, God instructs Adam to round up “2 of each kind” of animal and bird and place them on the ark. The significance of this is often overlooked. It is not as if God could not have just reproduced and created animals and birds after the Flood. So we know, that God placed a special importance on the animal kingdom, as just 8 humans were spared in comparison. If we read the passage above on Job 12, God tells Job to “ask the beasts” as in saying that they know of God’s hand and who had given them life.
But I do believe there is a reason why God is silent on any explicit text telling us we will see our animals again in heaven. And that reason is our fallen nature. He knows that animals possess a kind of perfect love for their masters and by this we love them back. The silence is so God would not be in competition for your focus and worship. And this would go for Biblical figures in the Bible as Mary as well, we don’t read of her death and burial place because of the shrines, mission trips, which would ensue for her as we see with Roman Catholics. Our fallen nature has a zeal for such idolatry, so God eliminates it or as He promised “leads us not into temptation”.
Lastly, these pets are true blessings from God! And I don’t believe they are just passing invalidated blessings, but a one sent to us to teach us many things. If you desire to see your beloved pet again, first things first. You must be saved by Jesus Christ. As I also do not believe your pet would join you in eternal hell, all apart of that grieving and torment. If you learned anything from your pet, you should realize that life is brief! Their life is much more brief. So do as they do, don’t take today for granted. Then place your faith alone in Jesus, and rest in His peace and rest! Repent of your sins. And then realize the closest thing you will ever see to God’s perfect unconditional unwavering love was in the life of your pet.