A DEATH WISH

December 31, 2016

A DEATH WISH

 

Jack Kevorkian is one of the most perplexing individuals on the face of this earth.  By assisting the death of a suffering patient, he negates the Hippocratic oath that he swore to, many years ago.  He also puts himself in the place of God. Only God has the power to bring forth life, as well as death.

 

There are many of us, myself included, who have at one time or another, wished to die.  Perhaps it was a bad day, bad decisions, maybe a spouse left after years of marriage. We get weary of the battle, we are tired.

We feel forsaken.

We can't stand the morass of evil in the world, yet there seems as though there is nothing we can do about it.

Life looks helpless.

God seems distant.

God seems silent.

God seems uncaring.

        Unconcerned.

Despondency sets in.

Depression clouds the vision.

"I hate this!" the soul cries.

"Get me out of here!"

"I want to die!"  O LORD, let me die!"

 

 

 

Elijah was one of the greatest prophets ever, his entire life's work was to speak out against idolatry.  He lived simply, yet he was used by God mightily, even to confront royalty (Ahab and Jezebel).

 

We read in I Kings 19:3-4

     And he was afraid and arose and ran

     for his life

     and came to Beersheva, which belongs to Judah,

     and left his servant there.

     But he [Elijah] himself went a day's journey

     into the wilderness, and came and sat down

     under a juniper tree, and he requested for himself

     that he might die,

     and said,

     "It is enough; now, O LORD, take my life,

      for I am not better than my fathers."

 

God had just used Elijah to raise a boy from the dead, and now Elijah is asking God to die.  How quickly do life's events turn.  He laments that he is no better than his fathers, how right he is, for apart from God, no one is good, not even Elijah.

 

"He lay down and slept under a juniper tree;

 and behold, there was an angel touching him,

 and he said to him,

 'Arise, eat'." I Kings 19:5

 

Not once but twice did the angel of the LORD come, urge him to arise, eat, because "the journey is too great for you."

 

Life's circumstances can often look bleak, even to the point that it looks like the next place will be too great for us.

 

But God's word says:

Walk by faith, not by sight  2 Corin 5:7

........

If only he/she understood me, this would not be

happening!

 

But God's word says:

God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward

appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. I Sam 16:7

........

Why did my baby die? I can't take this pain.

 

But God's word says:

The secret things belong to the LORD  Deut. 29:29

........

All the cheating that goes on, this isn't right.

 

But God's word says:

For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth, that He may strongly support those whose heart

is completely His.  II Chron. 16:9

........

How will I face that jury and be a whistle-blower? They all want to get me.

 

But God's word says

Then Daniel spoke,

"my God sent His angel and shut the lions' mouths and

they have not harmed me...He delivers and performs signs

and wonders on heaven and on earth.  Daniel 6: 23, 27

.......

Not again, I am fired again! When will this ever end?

 

But God's word says:

"Then I will make up to you for the years

 that the swarming locust has eaten,

       the stripping locust, and

       the gnawing locust.

You shall have plenty to eat and be satisfied,

and praise the name of the LORD your God,

who has dealt wondrously with you. Joel 2:25-26

 

and God's word says

He who began a good work in you, will perfect it until

the day of Messiah Yeshua Jesus.  Phil. 1:6

 

For we are His workmanship Eph. 1:10

 

Our citizenship is in heaven  Phil. 3:20

 

In Him, you have been made complete  Col 2:10

 

the LORD will accomplish that which concerns me [and you]  Ps. 138:7

 

Faith is the assurance of things hoped for,

the conviction of things not seen.  Heb. 11:1

 

The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble,

and He knows those who take refuge in Him.  Nahum 1:7

 

 

 

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BBarri Cae Seif (formerly Mallin)  is an instructor, author, and theologian. Her experience has led her through opportunities in corporate sales, Sunday school education, travel, Bible college instruction, authoring, conference speaking and twice annual trips to Israel as President of a humanitarian organization. 

In addition, Barri maintains her status as online faculty at several universities, teaching the Graduate level Business classes and undergraduate Bible and Business classes. She also serves as a content chair for several doctoral students. She also is President of Maasay Yahdav, a charity that brings humanitarian aid to Israel twice yearly.

Barri holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Trinity Theological Seminary. Her focus was the Exegetical study of Romans 10:4. She earned an MBA from Amberton University with concentration in General Management. She earned a BA in Psychology at Stephens College.

Her published works include three devotionals, 
Intimate Moments with the Hebrew Names of God, Bridge-Logos Publishers, 1999.
The Name – HaShem Daily Devotional Worship, CreateSpace Publishers, 2010.
There’s Just Something about That Name, Bridge-Logos Publishers, 2011.

Her response to the love of Jesus is what guides her. She currently resides in Ovilla, Texas, with her husband, Dr. Jeffrey L Seif.

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