Monday, August 25, 2008

The Uncertainty of Cancer and the Victory in Jesus Christ

It is Monday morning. I am still feeling the pain from the surgical biopsy of my right hip. The pain is compounded by lower back pain, which I assume is from the arthritis in my hips that the doctor identified.

For some reason, I have lost my appetite again. Food does not appeal to me. Usually at this point in my treatment cycle, I am craving all kinds of foods and am putting back on the weight lost earlier in the cycle.

I guess this cancer is not as predictable as I once thought it was.

For this reason, it is important that I look daily to my God who never changes. My God who is sovereign over all that happens to me.

As I make plans, I need to be reminded that His plans supercede mine. I must expect the unexpected. I must expect that my plans will change.

The only way I can live like this is to surrender the control of my life to the Holy Spirit.

A life lived in the Holy Spirit. That is the subject of 1 Thessalonians 5:19-20. Paul instructs us to walk in the Spirit in Galatians 5:16. He instructs us to be controlled by the Spirit in Ephesians 5:18. Here he says, do not quench the Spirit. By our sin. And do not despise the Word of God. Take it seriously. Test all things. Testing reveals what is good and what is evil. Hold on to what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. This is a life lived in submission to the Holy Spirit. This is a Spirit-controlled life. This is the way to live until Christ returns.

This is the way to live in the face of uncertainty of cancer. Cancer does not have the final word in my life. God does. Cancer will never claim victory. Jesus Christ has already claimed the victory over life and death. For me. And for all who trust in Him.

2 comments:

Neil Family Blessings said...

Whew, nice site! Been a long time reading blogs. I was so caught up arranging a family blessings convention for my church. I’m glad to have a good read.

giansmiths said...

Nice blog! I remember a blog about Covenant marriage Seminars with a similar discussion. What a coincidence.