Empty blue chair at a table with flowers
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How do you want to be remembered?

Sad news: apparently injury deaths resulting from suicide now exceed automobile accidents, and is the second leading cause of death among individuals ages 15-24. Other statistics from the Dept. of Veteran Affairs says that veterans are committing suicides at higher rates now too. Depression, grief, tragedy and hopelessness tend to cause us to lose our compass and become very self-focused. These difficult times are when we need to become teachable, find ways to reach outside ourselves, help others in need, and to learn from the One who desires to order your days with purpose and fellowship with Him.  He who spoke the universe into existence, and created mankind for His delight is waiting for you to call out. He loves us, and He is completely able to understand and heal. It is the enemy of God that convinces us we have no other recourse.

What do you know for certain of what tomorrow brings? What about next year? Are you consumed with the thought that you must fix all that is wrong, and you feel powerless? If so, this is your warning from God to change your thinking. Offer your feelings of powerlessness over to Him.

Some things to consider are:

  1. What reasons are you offering to justify taking your own life? If someone you loved offered the same reasons to you, what would you say?
  2. Read Psalm 33:18-19. Where should we put our hope?
  3. Read John 16:33. How do you think Jesus understands the difficulty of living in this world? What are the promises and warning in this verse?
  4. Read Genesis 1:27 and Psalm 139:13-16. What are some reasons indicated in these verses that say you are precious to God?
  5. Read 1 Peter 5:8-10 and Ephesians 6:10-12. How is the devil associated with suicide? What do these verses promise to those who do not succumb to the devil’s destruction, and what encouragement is found here?
  6. Read Proverbs 16:17-18 and Exodus 20:13. Is suicide really any different from murder?
  7. Read 2 Corinthians 4:17-18. What is temporary and what is eternal according to these verses? What comfort do you find in these verses?
  8. Read 1 John 5:4-5. What is the prerequisite to victory in this verse?

Seek counsel with a pastor at your corner church who can also direct you to local resources. Focus on the attributes and Person of God. There are some great resources will help you redirect your fatalistic thinking and set your mind on reality. For time in the Bible, we have a post that will guide you through some ways to study on your own. There are also some wonderful devotional resources like those by Rosemary Jensen, Praying the Attributes of God, and her other book Living the Words of Jesus (both books are available on Kindle).

The testimony of David from 2 Samuel 22:2-20:

‘The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation,
my stronghold and my refuge,
my savior; you save me from violence.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.

‘For the waves of death encompassed me,
the torrents of destruction assailed me;
the cords of Sheol [Hell] entangled me;
the snares of death confronted me.

‘In my distress I called upon the Lord;
to my God I called.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry came to his ears.

‘Then the earth reeled and rocked;
the foundations of the heavens trembled
and quaked, because he was angry.
Smoke went up from his nostrils,
and devouring fire from his mouth;
glowing coals flamed forth from him.
He bowed the heavens and came down;
thick darkness was under his feet.
He rode on a cherub and flew;
he was seen on the wings of the wind.
He made darkness around him his canopy,
thick clouds, a gathering of water.
Out of the brightness before him
coals of fire flamed forth.
The Lord thundered from heaven,
and the Most High uttered his voice.

And he sent out arrows and scattered them;
lightning, and routed them.
Then the channels of the sea were seen;
the foundations of the world were laid bare,
at the rebuke of the Lord,
at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.

‘He sent from on high, he took me;
he drew me out of many waters.
He rescued me from my strong enemy,
from those who hated me,
for they were too mighty for me.
They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
but the Lord was my support.
He brought me out into a broad place;
he rescued me, because he delighted in me.’