Suicide-Proofing Your Life
The famous Wall Street Crash of 1929 affected people’s lives in countless ways. Perhaps the most shocking statistic resulting from the aftermath is the number of people who took their own lives. That year, over 23,000 people committed suicide; the highest number ever in American history. Last year a close friend of mine decided to take his own life. He was well liked by most people, and had tremendous potential and talent. What drives someone to become so depressed that they view death as the only way of escape from the problems of this life?
As depressing and heartbreaking as it can be to see someone end their own life, there is another form of suicide which cannot be measured by statistics. Every day, people wore down by the burden of life completely kill themselves spiritually. Perhaps a loved one has died in their life. Perhaps their spouse simply walked out on them. Perhaps they just cannot seem to conquer a particular sin in their life. Whatever the trial or temptation maybe, countless men and women decide to end their spiritual life with God.
We need to ask ourselves a very important question: can life ever get so bad for us that there is really no way out besides ending it all? God informs us:
“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
There are at least three lessons we can learn from this amazing passage. First of all, “no temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man.” When we’re in the pit of despair, we may feel like the only person in the world who’s ever gone through so much pain and confusion. God wants us to know that, no matter how bad it gets, what we’re going through is experienced by many people on a daily basis. I doubt many of us can say that our entire livelihood, all of our children and our physical health has been completely destroyed in less than a week (that’s what happened to Job). Whatever we’re going through, others are experiencing the same trial/temptation as we are.
Secondly, “God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able.” Did you realize that God will absolutely not allow you to go through something that you cannot handle? This is a divine promise from God. Different people have different strengths and weaknesses. This means that you may be able to handle a particular hardship that God knows would utterly destroy me. This is a tremendous comfort because, in the midst of hardship and suffering, we can know for CERTAIN that this struggle is not too much for us to bear.
Finally, God “with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” Notice that God does NOT promise to provide us with exactly what we WANT in order to escape a trial. While suffering God promises to provide a WAY of escape, but this way may not necessarily be what we want to do. God, in His infinite wisdom, knows what the path for us to take, even if it may not seem like a good idea at the time. With God’s guaranteed promise, no person can ever say that a situation is too much for them to bear.
We all face difficult trials and temptations in our lives. Sadly, when the pressure stacks up, many people will decide to end it all (physically and/or spiritually). We can rest assured that God has our best interest in mind when we suffer, and He promises to help us make it through. Our responsibility is trusting Him, AND accepting His help.
“‘He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.” (Revelation 3:5)