Suicide – An Option?

December 27, 2007

“…choose life…by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him…” – Deuteronomy 30:19-20

Through the years, we’ve heard in the news about Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the doctor of death (if that isn’t an oxymoron) who chose to make assisted suicide his cause. His actions elicit strong emotions, because no one wants to see a loved one suffer, and no one desires to endure long-term pain and disability. But it really comes down to a question of faith.

Long ago, a man named Job suffered incredible loss–all his possessions and his children–and he had to endure an agonizing illness. If anyone had a right to end his life, it was Job. And yet, Job chose to put his trust in God. He asked, “Will I accept the good things God gives and refuse the bad?”

This is a question we should all consider. Is freedom from pain my right as a human being? Is life only worth living if everything is going my way? In the face of eternity, trusting a loving and sovereign God is really the best choice. Only God has the right to give and take life.

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