Suicide

Suicide

 

1 Samuel 31:4: Saul groaned to his armor-bearer, “Take your sword and kill me before these pagan Philistines run me through and humiliate me.” But the armor-bearer was afraid and would not do it. So Saul took his own sword and fell on it.

 

Suicide is a serious problem today for young people and old alike. It’s one of the leading causes of death among elementary school children. Why do people commit suicide? Usually, it’s because their lives have gone terribly wrong. Some sin or problem – bad grades in school, a bully situation, a parent’s death or divorce, loss of a job, a divorce – has struck and the person feels depressed and angry inside. He or she may try to end it all to relieve the pain.

 

In the story we’re looking at today, King Saul had lost an important battle. His fighting sons were killed, including Jonathan, David’s best friend. Saul saw no way out. In the darkness of the hour, he saw only one course of action: to die.

 

So Saul fell on his sword and killed himself.

 

Thoughts of suicide are nothing to be played with. If you feel depressed and suicidal, talk to your pastor or your Christian friends. Get help. Such people will know how to encourage you. Don’t keep it to yourself, and remember that God is with you. He will help you through this. He knows his plans for you and assures you that better days are coming, no matter how bad it looks now. Don’t let this time of pain and darkness destroy you.

 

Prayer: Father, let me turn to you for help when I’m feeling down. Amen.

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