When you’re dealing with cancer or something else that threatens your life or has turned it upside down, catastrophizing and doomsaying is easy to do. Although it can be incredibly hard to imagine now, the good that could come out of your situation, even this, might just leave you in awe and wonder!
When Jesus first shows up in the Gospels and people begin to hear that he may be the Christ, the long-awaited Messiah, many are in disbelief because of where he’s from, Nazareth, a backwoods place no one wanted to go to or come from.
The response of one man, Nathanael, who ironically came to be one of Jesus’ twelve closest disciples, no doubt spoke for many: Can anything good come out of Nazareth? (John 1:46).
As it turns out, despite its ZERO-star Yelp rating and terrible Google reviews, something not only infinitely good but surpassingly great, the Lord and Savior of the world, Jesus the Christ, came from Nazareth!
Like most people, when doctors diagnosed me with stage four lung cancer, my first response wasn’t “Yeehaw, Yahweh! This is going to be great! Can’t wait to see all the good things that will come out of this!
My initial response was to know how quickly the doctors could get this cancer out of me!
Despite my initial tunnel vision and “Can anything good come out of this?” mindset, within the next few weeks, even days, I began to see good things coming out of my having cancer.
Over the next twenty-two months of treatments, ups and downs, hurry ups and slowdowns, disappointments, uncertainty and all the rest, God squeezed out of me and my cancer more good than I could have ever imagined.
During my experience dealing with the dreaded disease, God made me more courageous and joyful, grew my faith and heart with compassion, and more. I have never experienced so much personal healing and transformation. I became so much closer to my wife, became a better parent, and my relationship with God deepened. I could see God using everything for my good and his glory!
What good can come out of cancer. More than you can imagine. Maybe the better question is what good can’t come out of this?
The first good thing that can and I hope will come out of cancer for you is for you to either begin or deepen your personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. This is fundamental to all the other good that you can experience.
The Bible tells us that all things work together for the good of those who love God... (Romans 8:28). I am certain that can include cancer.
God’s word also promises that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13). You can believe cancer happened so that the works of God could be on display in your life (John 9:3). Believe it, and receive it!
Recently I came across a picture about cancer that I love. It’s just words written in beautiful calligraphy. At the top it reads, “What Cancer Can’t Do.” Below it list many things cancer can’t do. Cancer cannot cripple love, Cancer cannot shatter hope, and more.
In my book, How Cancer Cured Me, I wrote about all that cancer can do when you journey through it with Christ. I share fifteen aspects of Gods healing that I experienced during the disease, including, but not at all limited to, physical healing. Without spoiling it for you, it’s a whole lot of good!
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