Updated: Mar 7, 2019
I would be lying if I said that I’ve never fantasized about how nice it would be not to have to deal with the sucky parts of life anymore: the hurt, the fear, the worry, the frustrations, the what-ifs, the not-again’s, the why-me’s.
God has been heavily instructing me to write about relationships recently, but this week He made it very clear that He wanted me to share His heart as it relates to suicide and what that means for your purpose. I don’t really understand why the sudden shift in topics occurred, but I do know that His ways and thoughts are higher than mine (Isaiah 55:8-9) and that my disobedience could result in someone missing a message that their life might depend on.
So usually this goes without saying, but I want to make it very clear right now: what you read from this point on are the words and thoughts of God as told by me. (Yes it’s possible, how do you think the Bible came to be??) With that being said, let’s get into it…
If you know anything about the character of God, then you know that He is suuuuper intentional and strategic. Nothing He does is out of order or by accident (1 Corinthians 14:33, 40). He planned each of our entire lives out before we were even conceived (Jeremiah 1:5). I mean, just think about how strategic you would have to be to create the Heavens and the earth. Some of us can’t even tackle writing a coherent to-do list for the day!
So being as orderly as He is, there is no way that He would allow you to make it this far in life and continue to grant you each day just to fill it with misery. He’s very much invested in you specifically for a significant reason.
I don’t know what you’re going through, but if your situation wasn’t meant to be conquered and used to set others free (Luke 4:18) then it wouldn’t be allowed. Not only does God KNOW you can handle it (He doesn’t leave anything to chance), but He’s made SURE that you will come out of it better than before it happened (Romans 8:28, 37; Matthew 12:20).
Only God can be in the past, present, and future all at the same time. We can only see what’s in front of us and behind us, but even most of what we know about our past is forgotten or misinterpreted. That’s why He instructs us to lean not unto our own understanding, but in all our ways acknowledge (seek, depend on, rely on) Him and He will direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6). We don’t know what’s coming, what’s happening, or where life will take us next, but He does.
Of course when you’re in the midst of misfortune or tragedy it seems like it will never get better, but God wants you to know that you’re closer to your best days than you think, even if you see no signs of it yet. He says that the way everything changed for the worst is the same way that everything will change for the best. (I personally don’t know what this means, but ask God what it means for you.)
The worst thing you can do is go through the struggle just to give up right before you get your reward. The race isn’t given to the swift or the strong, but to those who endure to the end. (Ecclesiastes 9:11)
You definitely don’t want to be this guy…