This past week I received the news that nobody wants to hear. My Sister-In-Law, Meghan (33) was diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer throughout her body. The sadness that fell on me knowing that she has two young children (5,7yrs) and a loving husband crushed me. At this time I wanted to be with my brother and give him whatever support he needed as he began this journey. As I have lifted up their family in prayer and looked to the Lord for healing it has come to mind, why does the Lord allow this to happen? Why would a loving God allow us to go through such things as cancer?
Searching for these answers I found that the Bible clearly shows us that God Loves those who are His Children and He works all things together for good (Romans 8:26) In this he shows us that as believers when we are going through these situations is for a higher purpose. As I read in James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
I challenge you to reread these two verses now several times and meditate on them for a few minutes.
As I searched for the answer to my current pain, it came to me that in the past, I have gone through close family sickness, and death. These times are very painful, but those past trials seemed to always allow me to share my faith with others. In fact this current situation opened up a dialog with me and the CEO of the company when he asked me how my family was after learning the news. I was able to share with him, how I put my faith in the Lord during this time.
The verse above from James finishes by saying Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. This final statement is tough when we are in the beginning or middle of a trail, as we cannot imagine the benefits of being subjected to the hurt and sorrow. But the Bible clearly teaches us that God is faithful to complete the work he has begun in each of us and these types of trials, although not comfortable are a must to strengthen our faith and walk with the Lord.
My Prayer is for everyone who is in a painful trial that we can look to the Lord and rest assured that through perseverance we will be mature and complete and not lacking anything.