I haven’t had time to make the posts I have wanted to the last few days, and I have several in mind. So instead, I thought I might share this. Cancer is a devastating disease that kills many Christians. For some comfort on this issue, I thought I might share these brief remarks from my Pastor , Jon Payne, as well as links to an article by John Piper. I hope it’s an encouragement to you.
As I said, this is by Pastor Jon Payne, not me. The article linked is by John Piper.
“Dearest Brothers and Sisters of Grace Presbyterian Church,
Over the past two years many in our flock, and many related to our flock, have been suffering from cancer. It is a terrible disease, a consequence of the fall of mankind into sin. God told Adam, our federal representative, that if he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that he would surely die (Gen. 2:17; Rom. 5:12). For many, cancer is the cause of physical death, Christians and non-Christians alike. But Christians do not despair over cancer, because we know that the sovereign God, who ordains all things, is also our heavenly Father. Nothing comes into our lives except by His sovereign and loving hand. Therefore, he will use ALL things in our lives, yes, even cancer, for our ultimate good (Romans 8:28). He will use it to loosen our grip on this world and strengthen our longing for the next. We will all die, unless we live to see the return of Christ. Some will die of cancer. But let us not despair; because “to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). Moreover, it is a great comfort to remember that God has the day of our conception, the day of our birth, and the day of our death purposed before the foundation of the world. Nothing can change that; not even cancer. So what must we do when we or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer? We must entrust ourselves and our loved ones to our heavenly Father’s sovereign care, the One who sent His beloved Son to save us from the power and penalty of our sins through his death on the cursed cross. We must confidently confess with the Reformed through the centuries, “My only comfort, in life and in death, is that I belong, both body and soul, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.” Are you trusting God? If you are a Christian, by grace through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ, than you have every reason to entrust yourself to God’s care. He gave His Son for you (Romans 8:32).
The following is a wonderful piece of writing by John Piper entitled, “Don’t Waste Your Cancer.” Included are also some comments by Dr. David Powlison, a seminary professor at Westminster. I trust it will be an encouragement to you. – Pastor Jon”
Article by John Piper & David Powlison: http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/taste-see-articles/dont-waste-your-cancer