Today’s headline about former NFL star Junior Seau’s suicide certainly impacts those closest to him: his family and friends, his San Diego Chargers’ team mates and countless fans. Yet, it touches more than those who knew him because it focuses on human need at the very core.
We may never know what circumstances drew Seau to commit this act, and in some respects, the reason is not important. What this tragedy points to is Seau did not know where to find hope and strength to carry on when he needed it the most.
Ironically, it was available 24/7, 365 days a year irrespective of his location or anything else. All he had to do was cry out to Jesus Christ. The Gospel is clear that Jesus died for all sinners and that includes each one of us. Whatever Seau could not cope with was not uncommon to humans, but he needed God to help him.
It does not take long to realize that a house with an ocean view, multiple cars in the garage, or any other material possessions do not bring lasting happiness, nor do they provide any measure of security. In an instant, they can be gone. Yet Jesus never fails. So whether you’re afraid, depressed, discouraged, lonely, tempted or experiencing any other trial, know that Jesus is there and offering you hope. One of my favorite Bible passages says it so much better than I ever could.
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38 – 39)
Where’s hope when you need it? That hope is in God, and He’s just waiting to give it to you – free.