Cancer, Sickness, and Grief
James 1:2 says to consider it pure joy when you encounter trials of many kinds, God is allowing your faith to be tested. He’s also gonna show up in the biggest way when we are at our lowest points in life. My mom posted on her Facebook a passage from 2 Corinthians 5:1-10. It talks about our glorious new bodies we will receive when we get to walk with God. The vessels we call our bodies now, are sinful harbingers of destructive forces. If we have evil in our hearts, our bodies will easily succumb to death and despair.
The passage reads,”For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”
Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. If we just have the faith of a mustard seed, we can do amazing things through Gods power.
Romans 8:38-39 talk about how inseparable we are from Gods love. Nothing, not even Satan himself, can sever us from Gods grasp. We are made in His image and Likeness. So cancer is really just a way for us to go meet Him. It’s like a taxi sent by God to pick us up to take us home.
As for my uncle Danny who has been through operation after operation including a heart operation, both feet and most of his left leg, diabetes, and has just been diagnosed with liver cancer, and has just been taken off all life sustaining medications, a true hero and fighter, he has heaven to look forward to. It’s only a matter of time before he goes home. While it will be sad for us to see him go, we need to take comfort in that he is home.
It says do not fear 365 times in the Bible, one for every day of the year. When we are scared, it means we don’t trust God to take care of us, when He provides our needs daily. Whether you are dealing with cancer, sickness or grief, we just need to remember that God has already won. When we die and leave this world, we go home with Him.