Suicide is not a new issue.
Zimri was a king who ruled Israel for seven days. When the army of Israel rebelled against him and laid siege to his town, he saw no way out. He set fire to his palace and remained until his death.
“When Zimri saw that the city was taken, that he went into the citadel of the king’s house and burned the king’s house down upon himself with fire, and died,” (1 Kings 16:18, NKJV).
Taking one’s own life is the ultimate tragedy. From the individual’s point of view, leaving this world seems like the only way out. But it’s not, and it never is. So how do we make certain we don’t make this fatal decision? First, recognize that the stresses of life can feel overwhelming to any of us. No one is immune.
Secondly, decide now that suicide is never an alternative for your life. Even though thoughts of suicide are not uncommon, decide now that you will never exercise this option. And don’t just think about yourself. Suicide of a loved one devastates a spouse, family and friends.
Finally, remember that your life is precious to God. He gave you life. When the walls of your world seem to close in around you, cry out to God. He will rescue you. That’s just what He does.
The content of this article comes from “The Warrior’s Bible” (2014) and is copyrighted by Life Publishers International. Used with permission.