I do not know Pastor Davy Sim, a senior pastor of Singapore Bible Baptist Church (SBBC).
However, I have been following news of him closely, that on this past week (Aug 1), he lost his youngest son, 16-year-old Benjamin Sim who after completing a 2.4 km running test in his school, collapses and went home to be with the Lord.
Even during the 2 days’ wake, Pastor Davy Sim delivered a powerful message, that as his son had received Jesus Christ as his personal savior, he is now with the Lord; and that in his own words, as opposed to what us the other onlookers or outsider would think: “the passing of Benjamin Sim is not a tragedy, indeed it is a blessing for the glory of the Lord.”
He remained so composed and calm during the 2 days’ wake entertaining visitors and even giving a 20 minutes’ sermon. This is living proof that as long as one have faith, God can still uphold him/her during their most difficult times.
Of course, Pastor Davy Sim is only human, as he did cry briefly when he mentioned about his beloved youngest son, but again he told reporters that God has promoted him to heaven, just like a whirlwind.
Hope from now on he will then become a much better grief counsellor to his church members, as he himself already went through the grief too.
Romans 8:28: “All things happen for good for those who love God, who has been called according to his purpose.” We will never know why Benjamin has to depart from this world in such a young age, but what we do know is that God’s timing is never wrong, and it is all for his glory.
Just like when my mom passed on in end of May last year (2016), I did not know why it had to happen at the time my husband received the new job offer in Shanghai. However. I do know that through my grief, I grow much stronger in my faith, and have learnt to become more independent and mature.
Just like the Bible mentioned in John, God will prune us when he feels that he needs to do so, and that is what HE has done in my life.
Pastor Davy, I shall be praying for you and your family, especially your elder son Daniel, during this most difficult time. It is always hard at the beginning, when you are at home, when memories come flooding back.