A DEATH WISH

July 26, 2018

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 lookshelpless.

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 lookslike the next place will be too great for us.

 

But God's word says:

Walk by faith, not by sight.  2 Cor. 5:7

........

We say “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

........

We say “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

........

We say “All the cheating that goes on, this isn't right.”

 

But God's word says:

For the eyes of the LORD move to and frothroughout the earth, that He may strongly supportthose whose heart is completely His.  II Chron. 16:9

........

We say “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' mouthsand 

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

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

.......

We say “Not again, I am fired again! When will this ever end?”

 

But 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, created in Messiah Jesus for good works, that we might walk in them. 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. 138:8

 

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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