Suicide

The following devotional is taken from the devotional book Comfort in the Storm: Devotions for the Chemically Sensitive by Janine Ridings. (Comfort in the Storm contains a total of 94 devotionals)

He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors”  (I Kings 19:4).

It is common for those with MCS to go through periods where death seems like an inviting option. According to Molly Jensen, who specializes in counseling people with MCS, many people who are chemically sensitive have thoughts about death or suicide at one time or another. You are not alone if you have struggled with these types of thoughts. If you happen to be thinking about suicide, please don’t do it! At times, when living with MCS, our circumstances may seem too much for us to handle on our own. The good news is that God promises that He will help us through whatever trial we are going through, no matter how deep and painful it is. 2 Corinthians 1:8-9 says:

We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life.  Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.

During certain seasons of our lives, we may become so overwhelmed that we feel we can’t make it another step. When we’re in that mindset, we need to rely solely on God to help us. Sometimes He allows us to be pressed beyond our human ability to endure so that we will humble ourselves and cry out to Him, knowing we can’t make it through life on our own. Listen to Paul’s testimony of how God rescued him from a severe trial:

He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us (2 Corinthians 1:10).

One day when the challenges I was facing made me question how much longer I could take the pain of life, I told my counselor, Molly, that I wanted to die. Her response to me was that I didn’t really want to die—what I wanted was my circumstances to change. That made so much sense to me! When times get tough, giving up on life is not the answer. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. The enemy loves to try and get us so discouraged that we lose hope that things will ever improve. 

I’m so glad I have persevered through all the trials that MCS has brought into my life. Even though it has not been an easy journey, God has been faithful to sustain me day-by-day, hour-by-hour, and sometimes minute-by-minute. My circumstances have changed so much for the better over the years that I stand in awe of all that God has done for me.

Today, if life seems more than you can bear, reach out to Jesus for help, trusting Him to intervene on your behalf.  Persevere through the trials and struggles of MCS. James 1:12 says:

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

If you persevere, you will be richly rewarded.

Categories Comfort In the Storm Devotionals | Tags: | Posted on November 13, 2011

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