It’s an awkward topic. A lot of people do not know how to respond to it. Maybe you have known someone who committed suicide or the idea of a person killing themselves is so uncomfortable that you would rather ignore it.
Either way, I do not want to ignore it. I want to talk about it.
Because suicide kills 44,965 Americans a year. For every suicide there are 25 more attempts. It is the tenth leading cause of death in America. It is the second leading cause of death between the ages of 10-34.
Have I got your attention?
Saying that suicide is a problem is an understatement. So what drives people to do something like this? Depression, stress, anxiety, the list could go on but what do almost all people struggling with suicide have in common? Hopelessness. I have known many people who were struggling with this and they all have the same thing in common. They think they have nothing to live for. They have no hope in life. I believe, that if these people had something to hope for, these numbers would be dramatically decreased.
But what is there to hope for? The world can be a terrible place. Even celebrities like Robin Williams who “had everything” were still missing something. They didn’t have hope.
“Were it not for hope the heart would break.”
This is what we are seeing, hopeless people turning to what they think is the one thing to take their pain away. So where do we find hope? I won’t try and explain it because I think Paul the apostle does it best.
Romans 8:18-25 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”
We have hope in Jesus. We have hope because He is coming to redeem us. He is coming to destroy sin and death. Jesus is the reason for our hope.
John 3:17 “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
We have hope because we have salvation through Jesus’ sacrifice for us. Now you know where you can find hope. What are you going to do with it? We have the cure to depression.
Take this hope to people. Our world is hopeless and they are searching for hope in hopeless things. I’ll leave you with this.
Romans 15:13 “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”