Mourning Death, Rejoicing in Hope

 

Last night, I got a phone call from a friend telling me that a young man who was being mentored by one of my best friends committed suicide earlier in the day.  If you could be praying for those close to the situation, it would be a great blessing.  I know that you don’t know names, but God does and right now, that is enough.  Pray for comfort in affliction, perspective amidst despair, and grace despite death. Last night, we spent a lot of time praying about the situation and simply processing so many thoughts and emotions.  Right now, we are seeking to live by faith during a confusing hour. Pray for clarity, wisdom, and the knowledge that God is still good.

I have confidence that while we mourn — and we are called to mourn — “joy will come in the morning” (Ps. 30:5) and as Jesus told Martha when her brother Lazarus died, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God” (John 11:40). Truly, God can use death to bring joy to us and glory to himself.

This is a hard, hard situation. But one in which we are called to “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; and give thanks in every circumstance…” (1 Thes. 4:16-18). Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 6:8, 10, “We are…sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.” James 1:2-4 says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” The Word needs to saturate our hearts. We need to claim the promises — and heed the commands — of God even when tragedy strikes.

Jesus is still on the throne.  Jesus is still glorious.  Jesus is still most satisfying even during the dark hour of suicide.

Thanks for praying with us.
james

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