|Do you have a family member dealing with cancer, facing death or are you concerned about your own health? Monica, shares how she found comfort in God when facing death in her family. Every moment is a precious opportunity to share Christ - an important reminder in elderly evangelism.
“For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the LORD, ”plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” - Jeremiah 29:11
It was March 2009 when the word came, “Dad has cancer and its bad, it’s stage four, he’s been given four to six months to live.”
At first I was numbed by the news, but when I realized it was true, all I wanted to do was be alone with the LORD. I knew only He could quiet all the emotions that were to come, and quiet them He did.
As I took time in His word He began to comfort my heart and to show me how I could encourage Dad in the weeks and months to come. I saw God’s love and mercy for Dad and how He was going to bring him through victoriously. What the enemy meant for Dad’s harm and hoped for his destruction, God was going to use for Dad’s good and His glory by saving him. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done………..” - Genesis 50:20
The LORD reminded me of 2 Corinthians 4:18,“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” This enabled me to see the cancer as an opportunity for God’s will to be accomplished.
I believe had Dad not been afflicted with cancer, he would have missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime, eternal life with Jesus Christ. Within the last two months of his life Dad accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior and was granted His peace to endure until they met face to face on June 6, 2009.
We should never give up on God because He never gives up on us. “The LORD is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” - 2 Peter 3:9.
Do not stop praying for your loved one because our prayers have eternal value; “… The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.’’ - James 5:16.
My Dad was 78 years of age.
Heavenly Father, thank you for Jesus Christ, who is our eternal life. Thank you for saving my Dad who I know I will see again. What joy this brings to me. I pray that everyone who reads this would be encouraged and filled with hope, knowing that you, Heavenly Father have a good plan for our future and we can trust You to bring it to pass in your perfect timing. In Christ’s Holy name I pray, Amen.
Submitted to Stremgth2Strength By
Monica, Georgia, USA
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