October 29, 1991
say one third of 7th grade northern natives have thought of committing
suicide. The national average is supposed to be 23%. My kids tell me
“everyone” thinks about suicide.
One author says taking your own
life is the ultimate “God-playing.” In other words, he thinks there is
no greater way to usurp the authority of God over our lives than to
determine the time and method of our death.
I can’t count the
times I’ve struggled with thinking dying would be better than living.
I’ve even thought of ways to accomplish it. Thank God, He supplied some
thoughts that convinced me otherwise.
In those suicidal wars of
the mind, God helped by reminding me of the source of those ideas, my
spiritual enemy who, according to Jesus, “... is a murderer from the
beginning... a thief who comes to steal, to kill, to destroy.” This
enemy promotes suicide because it suits his purposes.
help was a fuller understanding of God’s purposes. Jesus says of
Himself, “I have come that you may have life, and that you may have it
more abundantly.” Clearly, the suggestion of suicide is against Christ’s
purposes and is not part of God’s plan for me.
When I’ve thought
about suicide, I was always when under great stress; my problems were
overwhelming. God may promise to unravel the mess, but under severe
burdens, suicide can seem easier. Thoughts like: “Following God’s way
will only make me more miserable,” and “Death would be a release from
the pain of trying to live an impossibly restricted life” are no
Satan (remember, he seeks to deceive and destroy)
told Adam’s wife Eve that God didn’t want the best for her and she
believed that lie. Notice, it is the same one he uses on me and on you
too. Without firmly knowing the richness of God’s love and forgiveness,
this lie will draw us away from God and maybe even into committing
Suicide involves several lies. Satan wants us to think
that death is just the end of life, a wonderful release from our trials,
the end of our misery. He wants the truth about death hidden and
mysterious so we can be duped into taking both it and life into our own
hands. He knows if we understand death and eternity, we just might turn
to God, something he does not want anyone to do.
God puts a
window in that black and mysterious doorway called death. Through His
window, we get glimpses of eternity, not much but enough to discover
that death’s door is entered but once. Judgment is next. We also see
that for some, eternity is more black and darker than death, a place of
“weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth.” This side of eternity is
Satan’s destination, prepared for him and his demons, out of the
presence of God.
Through the window, we also see the other side
of eternity, the side where the glory cannot begin to be described,
where Jesus Christ shines so brightly the sun and moon are no longer
necessary. He calls it heaven.
God’s window makes the issue of
suicide plain too. We are never encouraged to take our own life but to
put our life in His hands and allow the promise of eternal glory and the
power of God’s Spirit to give us endurance for our temporary trials
here. God’s rival, the liar and deceiver, knows what we could have if we
trust God for living, and for dying, so he covers the window and
substitutes his version of both.
Suicide is not an escape from
life but robs people of the best that life can be. With God, no problem
is unsolvable, no trial more than He can handle. But we have to trust
Him and do it His way, not take matters into our own hands and discover
we have handed ourselves over to the enemy.