When one of my daughter’s high school classmates took his life it made me wonder how anyone could get to the point of such intense hopelessness that they would take their own life.
Psalms 139:14a and 16 state:
“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.”
Jesus tells us in Matthew 10:29-31 just how valuable we are in God’s sight:
“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”
No matter how extreme the circumstances of your life, there is someone who cares and will help you face your current situation. That someone is Jesus. John 3:16-17 tells us:
“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”
Hopelessness occurs when we are so focused on our problems that we fail to look outside ourselves for help. If you are feeling hopeless in any situation, you need to be aware that God is willing to meet you right where you are. You don’t need to change anything to accept His offer of eternal life as well as His offer to see you through any situation you might be facing. He loves us right where we are, just as we are, because He created us. It is His desire that we all have eternal life and that the life that we live on this earth be abundant.
Jesus tells us in John 12:46-47:
I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me would not remain in darkness. If anyone hears My words and doesn’t keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.
About the Writer:
Anna Schaefer leads the W.E. C.A.R.E. team for the Women’s Ministry of First Baptist Dallas, a widow, a mom, a grandmother and grateful to the Lord for giving her opportunities to share with other women in several ministries through First Baptist Dallas.