Various combinations of pain, heartache, sickness, shame, guilt, weariness, poverty, the death of a loved one, hearing psychotic voices, impulsivity, and severe depression can get to us at times and make us question whether the world would be better off without us. Sometimes, the consideration of #suicide is simply a cry for help or a case of Russian roulette gone bad.
You are not alone if you’ve wondered whether the world would be better without you. Biblical greats like Elijah, Job, and Moses had their moments of great despair and considered ending their lives. Elijah, after being faithful and seeing God perform supernatural miracles through him, found himself so depressed that he uttered, “I have had enough, LORD, take my life.” Job cried out after being stripped of his health, family, and wealth. He cursed the day he was born saying, “Why did I not die at birth?” Moses, after risking his life to free the Israelites who had turned on him, cried out to God saying, “The burden is too heavy for me. If this is how you intend to treat me, just go ahead and kill me.”
Hagar wasn’t a biblical leader or prophet but she too wished for death for herself and her son, Ishmael. After being sexually and emotionally abused, her master sent them to the desert to die. Death seemed like the only solution to stop the deep pain and mental anguish Hagar felt. She hoped for death, but her son, Ishmael cried out to God.
God hears whatever your pain or ache is today. His will is that you have an abundant life. He says that you have not, because you ask not. God has given us free will, the ability to speak, act, and reproduce. Like Ishmael, you must open your mouth and cry out to God for help. His mom was asking for death, but Ishmael cried out to God for life. Job, Moses, cried out to God and he answered their prayers. Elijah, however, was so weary that he couldn’t cry out, so God sent an angel to encourage and strengthen him.
If you are weary like Elijah or Hagar with #thoughts of suicide, consider me your angel today sent to give you hope. God’s will is that you have an abundant life (John 10:10). No weapon of hatred, bad thoughts, bad luck, past mistakes, illness, disease, etc. formed against you, shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17). You shall live and not die. (Psalm 118:17). God created you to be the head and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28:13). All these blessings are yours when you taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8). You are loved! I dare you to try him! If you like this post, please give me a thumbs up, comment, and brighten someone else’s day by sharing it.
If you need support right now, call the #Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.