It is a shocking statistic but The World Health Organisation estimates that, globally, someone commits suicide every 40 seconds.
Suicide is a critical issue in the military as many servicemen and veterans face Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, injury that leads to lifelong disability or even broken relationships with family due to long periods away from home.
Sometimes others may not even be aware of the inward struggle that you or someone close to you might be facing.
We live in a world full of suffering and pain beyond what we feel we can handle.
So few of us realise we can be free from the inner burdens we carry.
Not necessarily free from our pain and suffering, but free to receive a sense of peace that helps us rise above our circumstances and stops fear from controlling us.
When the pain is too much and there seems to be no way out, there is hope!
This hopes comes from knowing we are loved and cared for by the One who is in control of the universe.
Jesus suffered greatly on the cross for us and God used this suffering and His death to set us free from the curse of sin.
The Bible tells us that in our lives God causes all things – even bad things – to work toward the good of those who love Him (see Romans 8:28) and that suffering produces good character in us if we endure it (see Romans 5:4).
Accepting Jesus as our Saviour and choosing to live for Him isn't just a free ticket into an eternal life in heaven.
Jesus also said that He came to earth so that people could have life to the full (see John 10:10) and that we could find rest in Him when we are weary and have heavy burdens (see Matthew 11:28).
So when life is full of suffering we can find hope in the Bible's promises, knowing that God will never forsake us if we look to Him for comfort.
God and His Word are a safe refuge we can run to when everything around us seems to be crumbling and any escape other than death seems impossible.
For as one Bible writer put it in Psalm 43:5, "Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Saviour and my God."•