You need some light. The way to deal with suicidal thoughts is to replace them with truth, but sometimes we are so enveloped by darkness that we have forgotten what is true. Jesus, the hero of the Bible, is called the light of the world, the way, the truth, and the life. We want to introduce you to him, for he loves to bring light to the darkness and set prisoners free.
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Have you ever wished that life would end? That experience is not foreign to God’s people. There is company to be found in your wrestling within the pages of Scripture. There are several people in the Bible like Jonah, Job, and Elijah, who cried out to God wanting death more than life when life became too much to bear.
God’s Holy Spirit recorded their stories to give you hope.
God himself has also felt your distress. Jesus, God’s Son, knelt one midnight, so deep in anguish that he sweat blood, anticipating the emotional and physical pain that lay ahead (Luke 22:44). He bore immeasurable pain for you, and by experience he bore it with you. He was God-forsaken on the cross, so you might know God’s nearness (Ephesians 2:12-13).
He waded through anguish so that anguish might not have the last word in your life if you will believe in him. Jesus suffered for your sins so that through believing in him, you might have hope and new life—a reconciled relationship with God filled with purpose and meaning.
Jesus deeply understands your pain and wants to walk with you through it if you’ll only ask him. God doesn’t just sympathize with your feelings (Hebrews 2:17; Hebrews 4:15). He also wants you to talk to him about them. He welcomes you to come cry out to him—to direct your voice to him, where you have kept your feelings silenced (Psalm 62:8).
Today, you can deal with your suicidal thoughts, instead of letting them deal with you. You can open the Bible and hear how God answered many others in their distress. You can cry out to Jesus, asking for his hand to hold through these dark days, and for him to light up your heart and your way (2 Corinthians 4:6; John 8:12).
Finally, listen to what God has said to those who trust in him: Isaiah 43:1-4a. Call upon the LORD for his help today and believe that this promise belongs to you (Acts 2:21).
But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
Cush and Seba in exchange for you.
Because you are precious in my eyes,
and honored, and I love you…” (ESV)
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
PSALM 139:11-12 ESV
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
The author of this book of the Bible felt like life was meaningless. But he resolved not to despair; instead, he sought answers. God preserved this man's reflection in his Word for us to show us that we find the meaning of our lives only when we know our Creator.
He [God] has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.
Fear the LORD
and turn away
Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.
Remember David’s words, "Ye people, pour out your hearts,"—but do not stop there, finish the quotation,—"Ye people, pour out your hearts before him" (Psalm 82:8 KJV). Turn the vessel upside down; it is a good thing to empty it, for this grief may ferment into something more sour. Turn the vessel upside down, and let every drop run out; but let it be before the Lord. "Ye people, pour out your hearts before him: God is a refuge for us." When you are bowed down beneath a heavy burden of sorrow, then take to worshipping the Lord, and especially to that kind of worshipping which lies in adoring God, and in making a full surrender of yourself to the divine will.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
to make it obedient
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
God is not
but of peace.
We may further say that the most sorrowful and the most sinful are welcome to the Lord Jesus.
The most sorrowful may come; I mean those in despair, those who are at their wits’ ends, those poor souls who, through superabundant difficulty are ready to do the most unreasonable things—ready, it may even be, to give way to that wicked, Satanic temptation of rushing from this present life into a world unknown by their own hand.
Go, sorrowful one, go now to Jesus, whose tender heart will feel for you … first and foremost, in a flood of tears, reveal your case to the great invisible helper. Kneel down and tell him all that racks your spirit and fills your tortured mind and plead the promise.
Spurgeon, MTP, vol. 13, 157 (“A Troubled Prayer”).
God has designed
the glory of the
such that the
condition of our heart
is profoundly influenced
by the content
of our head—
or by what the
Originally titled "The Glory of God in the Sight of Eternity."
So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.
Whatever is true,
whatever is honorable,
whatever is just,
whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely,
whatever is commendable,
if there is any excellence,
if there is anything
worthy of praise,
think about these things.