The moment the cancer diagnosis was stated, I turned to God, hoping he would send His Spirit to comfort me and most importantly explain himself as to why he would do this to me. However, this explanation never came, the chemo started, the radiation started and what I had previously perceived as an energetic healthy body started to deteriorate.
I kept telling myself if only God would give me the reason for this cancer then I could bear the sickness and fear of dying I was experiencing. Psalm 77: 7-9 seemed to become my banner verse, questioning God, feeling guilty, how could I?
Will the Lord reject forever?
And will He never be favorable again?
Has His lovingkindness ceased forever?
Has His promise come to an end forever?
Has God forgotten to be gracious,
Or has He in anger withdrawn His compassion
Psalm 77: 7-9
Then a friend gave me John Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Cancer. It was the encouragement that I needed. Piper shares with us how Christians are called to respond when cancer invades the body, whether in their own bodies or those of a friend or family member.
Piper gently but firmly acknowledges that we can indeed waste our cancer when we don’t see how it is God’s good plan for us and a hope-filled path for making much of Jesus.
After listening to Piper’s audio teaching my thought process started to turn and I would like to share with you bible studies I used, how faith and cancer had new meaning to my life and offer you some free printables that will encourage you on your healing journey.