Suicide has been on the rise with a great segment of our population having thought of it at one time or the other. With the recent deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain the topic is being more frequently discussed.
What’s the underlying factor in someone contemplating suicide?
There are many but one common factor is that they think that no one cares and they’ve had just about all that they can take and can’t take anymore.
True indeed that most people are selfish where they only think about themselves and what they’re going through and don’t care about anyone else – which is unfortunately the world that we’re living in today.
This may sound like a cliché but it’s true.
When no one else cares, he does.
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Whatever it is that we’re going through we can always pray to him and ask him for help. This is what Christ did when he was walking on the earth.
If there’s anyone who experienced selfishness on an unimaginable scale, that would be Christ. If there’s anyone that had all about he could take, that would be Christ.
Isaiah 53:3 He [Christ] is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
When you’re acquainted with something, it means it don’t leave you, you’re always with it. So was Christ with grief. His example was to cast his care upon God because God cared for him. When you read though out the gospels, Christ consistently prayed to God and made sure that he was living according to the commandments so that God would never leave him in his time of trouble.
So if you’re thinking about committing suicide, don’t do it.
Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.
This commandment means ourselves also, not just killing someone else.
God has no pleasure in us dying, whether it is by our own hands or by someone else’s.
Ezekiel 18:32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.
He would rather have us live according to his commandments and depart when it’s his appointed time for us to leave this earth and not have us commit suicide.
We all feel the pressures of life from time to time, but taking our own lives is not the way to go.
Some of the greatest amongst us have wished for death before so this is not uncommon for people to feel this way.
Check out these examples
Jonah 4:1-3 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.
2 And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.
3 Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.
Check out what Moses said when he was feeling the pressure of dealing with all the Israelites. Numbers 11:14-15 I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.
15 And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.
Check out what Job said when he was going through his many afflictions. Job 6:11 What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?
Now these are all examples of the Old Testament and Jesus Christ is now our hope because he went through much worse than these men did and he told us that we would suffer things in this life but we can overcome them just like he did.
John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.