SUICIDE IS NOT A REMEDY!

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

JUNE 08, 2024

TOPIC: SUICIDE IS NOT A REMEDY!

BY T. O. BANSO

“The people asked, ‘Is he planning to commit suicide? What does he mean, ‘You cannot come where I am going’?’” (John 8:22 New Living Translation).

Are you overwhelmed by the afflictions or challenges of life? Suicide is not a remedy. God will deliver you if you draw close to Him. The Bible says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19 New King James Version). You don’t need to commit suicide because of the afflictions or challenges of life. If you take your life, you deny yourself the opportunity to see what God wants to do for you.

Maybe you have sinned and you are ashamed to face public ridicule and, therefore, think that the best way out is to end your life deliberately. You’re mistaken. Suicide is not a remedy. You should seek forgiveness from God and those your sin has affected. They will forgive you and you can begin a new chapter of your life. There is nothing new under the sun. Many people will talk about you for some time, but soon, only a few will remember what you did. In addition, your mess can become your message. God can use you to minister to others in a similar situation that you have passed through. But when you commit suicide, how can you help them? 2 Corinthians 1:4 says God comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we are comforted by God.

Probably you lost your marriage, business, or something precious to you, you were wrongly accused of doing something bad, or you failed an examination. This is very painful but it’s not the end of the world. You don’t have to commit suicide because of that.

You may be down but that’s not your end. You may have been devastated by something you never expected would happen. Don’t listen to any voice telling you to commit suicide. Suicide shuts the door against the possibility of your comeback. If you refuse to kill yourself, you can still rise again. Keep hope alive. Don’t end your life because you don’t want to lose face or be humiliated.

Ahithophel committed suicide. When Ahithophel saw that his advice had not been followed, he saddled his donkey and set out for his house in his hometown. He put his house in order and then hanged himself. So he died and was buried in his father’s tomb” (2 Samuel 17:23 New International Version). But Ahithophel didn’t have to do that. He committed suicide because of ego – the advice of Hushai the Arkite was considered better than his, for the Lord had determined to frustrate his good advice to bring disaster on Absalom (verse 14).

Before this time, the advice Ahithophel gave was like that of one who inquired of God (2 Samuel 16:23). If he had stayed alive, he would have seen that his rejected advice was indeed better than that of Hushai. Maybe Absalom and those who supported his rebellion would have realized that and apologized to him for rejecting his advice.

Judas Iscariot also committed suicide. Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, ‘I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.’ And they said, ‘What is that to us? You see to it!’ Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself” (Matthew 27:3-5 New International Version). Judas didn’t have to commit suicide. The remedy was genuine repentance, not suicide.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 700,000 people die due to suicide every year and for every suicide, many more people attempt suicide. The organization reports that suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15-29–year–olds and seventy-seven percent of global suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries. It says that ingestion of pesticides, hanging, and firearms are among the most common methods of suicide globally.

The devil deceives people that suicide is a courageous thing to do. But that’s not true. Suicide is cowardly. Someone who takes his life is running away from something! If he is brave, he will stay alive and confront whatever problem he has, no matter how serious, difficult, or painful. Those who commit suicide are also selfish. They are only considering themselves. The person who commits suicide has little or no consideration for his or her spouse, children, parents, close relations, etc.

In John 8:22, not understanding what Jesus meant by saying, “You cannot come where I am going”, the Jewish leaders wondered whether He was planning to commit suicide.“The people asked, ‘Is he planning to commit suicide? What does he mean, ‘You cannot come where I am going’?’” (John 8:22 New Living Translation). Jesus came to die for the world, not to commit suicide.

Suicide is a sin. God says, “You must not murder” (Deuteronomy 5:17 New Living Translation). God who forbids murder, cannot permit suicide to escape or overcome the miseries of life. God has not given you the right to take your life or another person’s life except in lawful killing on behalf of the state or self-defence, which, in law, does not amount to murder or manslaughter. Suicide should never be an option for you. Those who commit suicide have no fear of God and no regard for His Word.

Suicide is linked to depression. Those suffering from depression can have suicidal thoughts. Anyone who is depressed and having suicidal thoughts should seek help from those close to him, His Pastor, or a mental health professional. Also, anyone who knows someone who is suicidal should take him seriously, talk with him about his thoughts, and encourage him to seek spiritual help and the help of a mental health professional. Studies have shown that men are more likely to commit suicide than women. Men’s suicide rate in some Western countries is three or four times that of women.

No matter the life’s challenges you face, don’t ever contemplate suicide. God’s power is available to deliver you out of every overwhelming affliction. Seek God in your affliction. The book of Hosea says, I will return again to My place till they acknowledge their offense. Then they will seek My face; in their affliction they will earnestly seek Me” (Hosea 5:15 New King James Version).

If you’re being overwhelmed by the problems or challenges of life, seek the face of God today. The Bible says, You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11 New King James Version). Seek God in your affliction; don’t pursue Satan’s help that doesn’t help. God will show you the path of life if you seek His presence. In that depression that you may be, He will give you unspeakable joy and direction if you seek His face.

If you seek the Lord, He will give you His pleasure instead of the pressure the devil is mounting on you. Seek His presence and His light will shine upon your way and He’ll lead you out of the blind alley you may be at present.

Don’t let life’s challenges overwhelm you. When they besiege you, cast them upon the Lord for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). “Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22, New King James Version). Choose life; don’t commit suicide! Don’t end your life deliberately. Nothing is too hard for God to do. Nothing is impossible with Him. Have faith in Him.

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. Take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner, and you cannot save yourself, and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You must join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: I come against the spirit of depression and suicide; you shall have no place in my life. I shall live long and not end my life deliberately in Jesus’ name. I pray that everyone battling with depression and suicidal thoughts will be delivered in Jesus’ name.

(For over 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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