Scripture: Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7).
What is suicide?
Suicide is you taking the shovel from the devil’s hands and telling him, “I can see that you’re trying to kill me, but it’s taking you too long. Come! I’ll help you dig my grave faster!”
It always seems like the easy way out, doesn’t it?
Do the words RIP (Rest In Peace) confuse us?
We assume they are resting, right?
But not all cultures believe that the dead are resting. In my country, we say “he/she has travelled where no one travels with them. They have journeyed by themselves.”
During the second-last Sunday of September, something interesting happened in this small village where I live, right on the city’s outskirts.
That Sunday, we heard the confessions of a poor man who had gone to the forest on Saturday to commit suicide.
He is a father and a husband. But he lives in a metal house, the poorest of the poor.
The economic pressures of covid-19 were too much for this laborer. Life was hard before the pandemic. But now, it’s worse.
So the man left his house and headed to the forest to hang himself.
As he got ready to place his head on the rope, he heard a voice, and the voice asked him a question in his mother tongue. “Am I not GOD who gives life?”
In the Kikuyu dialect, which is the man’s mother tongue, it is something like “Eti tinie Ngai uheaga moyo?”
The man looked around but could not see anyone. After a while, he tried to hang himself again. The voice spoke! “Eti Tinie Ngai uheaga Moyo?” (Am I not GOD who gives life?”)
At this point, the man looked up to the sky. He noticed what looked like two human figures in sparkling white.
Alarmed! He took off from the forest to our church, ACK (Anglican Churches of Kenya), here in Thimbigua village.
The man entered the church and demanded to speak to the Archdeacon. When the Archdeacon saw him, she wanted to call the security guards because the man was shabby looking with simple clothes. He looked like some deadbeat guy from the streets.
“I want to get saved now!” He said.
“Calm down, you look like you’ve ran upto here,” said the Archdeacon.
The man recounted all that he had witnessed. The church leader was so shocked that she prayed for him.
That Sunday, this simple man became the center of attention. The church has proposed to support him.
AM I NOT THE GOD OF LIFE?
When four men brought a paralyzed man to Jesus, the first thing Jesus said is, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mark 2:5).
Immediately, the teachers of the law began asking themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like this?”
But Jesus challenged the teachers by asking them, “Which is easier to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk?”
‘But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.’ so he said to the paralyzed man, ‘I tell you to take up your mat and go home.’ (Mark 2:10-11).
GOD has already done a hard job for us. He not only forgave our sins, but He chose to send his son to die for us while we were still sinners.
GOD is also the giver of life, and it is not by our effort that we have seen October 2020! Especially at a time when the angel of death looms!
There’s nothing you can do when death demands your life! We can’t bribe him.
But we can trust in the GOD who has brought us this far. We can put our hope in Him because He already did the hard job.
Everything else is easier.
Be encouraged today and Happy New Month.