Verse of the Day: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Is God Really in Control of Your Cancer?
As a Christian counselor, I have heard numerous people tell me that they cannot imagine how anyone could survive hardship without Christ. Cancer is no different. The thought of facing the treatments, the fears, the frustrations without Christ would be unbearable.
- Take a moment and list three ways Jesus has helped you cope with your cancer.
When struggling with cancer, there are times you can clearly see God working in your life. But then the side effects come, or your loved ones become distant, or maybe the tests results are discouraging. At these times it’s easy to wonder, “Is God really in control of my cancer?”
The answer is a resounding YES! There is no radiation room, doctor’s office, chemo chair or lonely night where God is not completely in charge. Do not let the pain and fear that can breed in these places replace your knowledge that God is in charge. God does not want to see His beloved children suffer. God hurts when you hurt and weeps when you weep.
Even though you may believe God is in control, cancer can too easily throw a life out of control. Before the diagnosis, you had plans. You had plans for your career, your retirement, your marriage, your family and suddenly you have to shift those plans to include the demands of cancer, and cancer can be very demanding of your time, your energy, your focus and your emotions. When people say “everything changed when I heard it was cancer,” they’re not just talking about the changes in their body. They’re talking about the changes in their view of their lives. Cancer brings us face-to-face with the lack of control we have in our lives.
But cancer doesn’t affect God’s control of your life. Look at this verse:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Looking at the verse, answer this question:
• What things does God use for good?
God does not just use some things for good. God uses ALL things. God will use your misdiagnosis, exhaustion, nausea, pain, regret, loneliness and fear for good. God is completely in charge. So, if God’s purpose remains a mystery, rest in the certainty that nothing bad ever happens that God cannot use for good. Just think of it! Even in the midst of a sinful world, God promises to work all things — every stupid, senseless, destructive and evil thing — for the good of those who love Him. God uses tumors, low cell counts, and even nausea and fatigue to fulfill His purpose. God would not be in complete control if He only used some things or even most things. God is in control, and He uses all things.
- Is it hard to imagine God using cancer for good? Why or why not?
- Would it help you to know how God is using the cancer in your life for good?
- What if you never see how God uses your cancer for good? Would it be hard to believe God is still using it to work for good? Why or why not?
To actually see someone’s life touched by God through your suffering might help it all make sense. For some, any kind of suffering is easier to cope with if they can see a purpose. But let’s face it. The burden of working your cancer into good sounds overwhelming. You may be asking, “How am I supposed to work this nasty cancer to be something good for God? I’m just hanging on myself.” Don’t worry. It’s not your job to figure out how God will shine through you. It’s God’s job. After all, He can use your cancer to draw people closer to Him in ways you will never know. Your job is to hang on to Jesus the best way you can.
If you hunger to understand how God is using your cancer, it can be frustrating to not see evidence of God at work. You may only see frustration in the eyes of your family and fear in the eyes of your friends but no shining ray of God’s glory. It’s OK if you can’t see His glory shining through your life. It’s there. God promised. Really!
God promises more than showing His works to others. Read the verse of the day again. For whom is God working? YOU!! God promises to use His authority for your good! And God knows what is good. He knows we need His goodness; that’s why He sent Jesus. Jesus will bring you blessings from burdens and hope from despair. It’s true. He will bring you blessings from your burdens and hope from your despair.
Lay your head back and rest in the loving arms of your Heavenly Father. Know that your cancer is not senseless; it has purpose. God’s purpose is for His glory to be REVEALED through YOU. All praises go to Him. HALLELUJAH.