Saturday, 19 September 2020

The Power in You (A Personal Testimony) — Part Three

Why Me?
Elijah at His Wits End:

Elijah sure must have felt the same way, David felt. [1 Kings 18:20 – 19:18] He thought he had won the final victory for God in Israel. After all, he had gone at the Lord’s beckon. [1 Kings 18:1] He had just shown God is God, killed the prophets of Baal, and ended the drought. Who would not expect better things to follow? Lo and behold Jezebel gave him a shocker [1 Kings 19:1-3]. His mountain experience suddenly became a valley one.

'Ever been there before? When your whole world suddenly comes crashing down. It's the suddenness that grabs you. It comes without warning. At least if someone gave you a time notice you might afford to put your house in order. Lo and behold no one does. It just suddenly comes upon you like a flood, without warning when you least expect. While reveling in the euphoria of success and breakthrough, evil comes knocking.

No doubt the reason why some people in, supposed, advanced nations (cultures) commit suicide when such fate befalls them. They have no God in whose hands to fall and comfort themselves. When that which they have made a god fails, they seemingly lose their reason for living. Their psychological castle has crashed. Their anchor has been taken away and, there is nothing to hold station for their boat (life).

Suicide is Not the Answer:

If only these know there is more to life than this side of eternity. In their foolishness, they suppose the end of life, on this side of eternity, is the end of it all. So, they snuff their life assuming it translates them to a place of rest, or at least nothingness. Sorry to disappoint these, but life here is not all that there is. The scriptures teach us, "it is appointed unto men to die once, then the judgment." We will all stand in judgment based on how we lived on this side of eternity.

We will all need to answer for how we lived our lives, what we did with the talents the giver of life gave us. We will have to explain to Jesus the basis for taking our own lives. There is no reason good enough for suicide. Yes, it is a seemingly easy escape from the seeming pain of this life. A seemingly cheap drug that only gives momentary supposed relief. The question is to what? What does suicide deliver us to? Yes, the devil. beclouds our mind to think it is to rest. Really? 

That is not what Jesus teaches. Remember the story (not a parable) of Lazarus and the rich man? [Luke 16:29-31]

© 2015 Akin Akinbodunse

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