Keeping Hopeful in a Dark World

This past week we heard of two famous individuals who lost hope and took their own lives and the coverage in the media is partially about them but more-so about getting help. As this is a good thing that the media is at least talking about getting help, it always takes someone famous to take their lives out of God’s hands and into their own destructive paths for them to make that a focus which is unfortunately short lived. The issue is that many regular innocent people take their own lives daily and even though there is constant reminders of help, many do not seek it. This is an epidemic worse than any disease or addiction known to man.

Suicide affects more lives than just the person who died. Many lives close to them are truly affected and if the person was popular, the effect is like a long line of dominoes. Why did these persons not seek help and if they did, was it Christian based? Or even another mainstream religious practice that they may have put their trust in if that would have helped?

Suicide and other teen issues are being glorified on NETFLIX with the show 13 Reasons Why and has been the blame for a rash of teen suicide attempts which resulted in their deaths and research by teens on how to kill themselves.  This show must be removed.

Thoughts of suicide are a call for help within the mind. When a person does not understand the call and lets the pain and suffering envelope and control them, they usually end up, seriously and sometimes permanently wounded, very sick, or dead. It is better to seek help against the giants and defeat them in life than giving them success in your death.

As Christians, we are told that pain and suffering is not weakness. As James says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4

Pain and suffering is a natural part of life. Everybody has it whether they admit it or not but there is no reason for taking one’s own life. As Christians we should find the joy in everything and through prayer and talking out the issues with others we can work through it so the worst does not happen. I can honestly say that I have had moments of weakness that have almost ended my life but by faith and the Grace of God I am still here. I had lost hope and my faith had faltered as I was going through a really difficult time.

Yes I had all the prevention training and was even a trainer for the ASSIT (Suicide Intervention Training) program. All that training still did not stop the devil from trying to convince me my life was not worth living. All I can say is, BUT GOD. God stepped in during that moment of doubt. I was alone and in tears ready to end it all BUT GOD stopped me, He gave me hope again.

There is a book in Scripture that discusses loss and how the hope found in having faith saves a person from all things. This book is about testing a man’s faith and also the faith of the three friends. It shows how weakness can make a person stronger. I wish I had the weakness of Job.

The tested man, Job, had lost everything except his life. Yet he remained faithful and understood that strength comes from adversity. Even though Job was accused of great sin, he knew that he drew strength from his faith and would not give in when his wife taunted him.

Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips. Job 2:9-10

Without hope in the Savior there is no hope. There is nothing worse than giving up hope when there are people who are readily prepared to help, even strangers. Suffering and pain, being bullied, and many other reasons are not reasons to take your own life. In our weakness, God makes us strong.

The Military used to call getting help a sign of weakness (well, I think the Marines still do), you know sowing that you are defeated. Now they know that getting help is a sign of personal strength and courage. Understanding and admitting that there is a problem that keeps you from doing what God intended you to do.

Seeking help from a counselor, pastor, chaplain, a trusted friend that will listen and help get you the right help, that is strength. That is strength saying that the bullies are nothing, the giants I face are nothing, the sickness, nothing. Having God’s strength over adversity is the Holy Spirit working inside you guiding you even when your ears are shut.

There are many ways to get help but the true healing comes from knowing, having faith and trust, and a full solid belief in Jesus Christ. This is the best hope for a bright future. Knowing that Jesus Christ is your personal Lord and Savior who already paid for your sins and the sins of those who sin against you (yes even them) gives you the strength to say, “I forgive you” I may be hard but forgiveness is healing and it may even affect the life of your enemy.

This is not about finding religion, this is about finding hope in a relationship in the loving arms of our savior, Jesus Christ through the Grace of our Father God. The devil cannot defeat you if you have the love of Christ in your heart. No matter what, God will get you through it for His Grace and Mercy are mightier than any giant that comes to defeat you.

Be Blessed
Rob, Servant Of God

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