||: 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

🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻 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.

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

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 for the good of those who love him.:||


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