Saturday, January 20, 2018

Pastor Jay Forseth

Journeys in Faith

Don’t waste your cancer

Is it just me, or is cancer more common today?
It seems to be everywhere. All my fingers and toes cannot count the number of people I know who currently have cancer. Some were genetic, many appeared mysteriously, others were self-inflicted.
According to the American Cancer Society, men have a 43 percent chance of getting cancer in their lifetime while women are slightly lower at 38 percent. Prostate cancer is the most common for men and breast cancer for women, but lung cancer is the biggest killer for either sex.
There is some amazing news. God is not surprised by cancer! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think he gave my friend or sister cancer, but I know he allowed it. Therefore, he must have a reason for it.
Yes, we could go into a lengthy discussion about why God allows bad things to happen to good people. Maybe in my next article will I write about that tough topic.
Still, “All things for the good” is a difficult spiritual concept. Let me tell you, I don’t have all the answers, but I know who does.
I understand it is nearly impossible to experience his goodness when you are dancing in the fire, but I still believe God is good all the time…yes even in the midst of cancer.
Even after my mom wasted away in a wheelchair and hospital bed for 23 years, I can testify to his goodness and loving kindness. He gave his only Son who died a brutal death, so I think he understands more than we give him credit for.
I would encourage you to read John Piper’s book, “Suffering and the Sovereignty of God.” In it he talks about how to not waste your cancer.
It has helped me tremendously as I watch my father endure his fifth.
Simply put, there is an eternal purpose for every trial. We all have our personal time in the barrel when we are heading over the waterfall and our future is in doubt. What we do in the midst of the trial matters, as does who we put our hope in.