I thank God for the fruit of peace His Spirit gives me; it helps me understand the wisdom that Proverbs 12:21 speaks of. The world may be in a mess, but my mind is focused on the kingdom of God. His holy word tells me trouble times will happen, but it did happen to Jesus and most of the godly people of scripture. I know family and friends whose lives are a mess, but their zeal for God is lacking, so their lives are full of mischief. The mischief I believe Proverbs 12:21 speaks of is the anxiety within unbelievers’ minds. I have been asked if Christians commit suicide, would they go to heaven? First, the answer is no, no, and no! Judas Iscariot was a disciple of Jesus but was full of mischief. He was the disciple in charge of the money of all 12 disciples. He carried the money bag, and of course, being a lover of money, he would steal some coins from time to time. Scripture even tells us Judas did so.
John 12:4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.
Godly people trust the Lord; not so godly have enough faith to put all their trust in God. They depend on their jobs, family, friends, church, and, sadly, their money. Putting refuge in anyone or anything that is not God is idol, empty, meaningless refuge. I once read a newspaper article about how a mother had somehow lost all her children to a horrible death. She was a Christian and a church member, but her children were now dead and gone. She committed suicide by stopping her vehicle in the middle of an intersection and causing a deadly accident. She perished, her foolishness hurt others, and sadly her testimony about her faith in Jesus is meaningless. All people, Christians, Jews, and even Muslims, experience hardship and trauma, but the godly, righteous give the Lord their anxieties; the ungodly give theirs to alcohol, drugs, money, anything or anyone but God. Sadly, the ungodly troubles never go away, so they do what Judas did and commit suicide. A wise person casts all their anxiety on the Lord, for they know He cares for them. The foolish end their misery their way, the wrong, selfish way. I had suicidal thoughts in my life, but the Holy Bible tells me, Samuel, do not kill yourself; God loves you. Give Him your trouble, and God will give you and others who believe in Him peace. God bless you all; the Prince of Peace loves you, and so do I. His peaceful bondservant, Samuel Jerry Head.
Psalm 31:5 Into Your hand I entrust my spirit; You have redeemed me, Lord, God of truth. 6 I hate those who devote themselves to worthless idols, But I trust in the Lord. 7 I will rejoice and be glad in Your faithfulness, Because You have seen my misery; You have known the troubles of my soul,