Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and abuse me.” But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it. 1 Chronicles 10:4
Life in this world can often seem empty and worthless. There is nothing but struggles and death. People hurting people, wars and crimes. Abuse and hatred abound everywhere one goes. Depression and fear. Anxiety and pain. Hunger and sickness.
This is just a small list of what is wrong in this world on a daily basis all over the world. There is not a location in the world that one of these or something else that is bad is not happening.
When one sees all these things, there appears to be no hope, no reason to go on living. It is depressing. Many people have chosen over the years to end it all, because they do not see any hope.
Saul had started out by serving God. God had chosen him to be the first king of Israel. Saul had chosen to not follow God’s instructions and God chose to remove His hand of blessing on him. God had stated that He would remove Saul as king.
Later, in a battle, Saul was severely injured. Rather than take a chance on living, he ended his life. He had no hope, because he did not have God in his life anymore. He chose to walk away from God.
The world does not have any hope in themselves. A person is born, lives, works, plays and dies. There is nothing after death for them, in their eyes. As they are trying to live life, if things do not go correctly, life becomes pointless or unbearable.
Wondering why one should go through all the pain and suffering becomes the focus. Many, as Saul, choose to end it all, because there is no hope in sight, no reason to keep going through the pain and suffering.
As a believer, you have a hope. You know that in the end you will have eternal life in heaven with no more sorrow or pain. This pain that you may be feeling today is only temporary, in light of eternity.
You can share this hope with the world. Every person in this world needs to know this hope that they can have. When a person knows the hope of Jesus, life becomes worth living.
Have and share this hope with every one you meet.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will share Jesus with everyone you meet; and that many will come to know Jesus as their Savior.