Suffering is a direct result of Adam and Eve’s sin. Because of their disobedience, the world has been subjected to futility. But this futility exists “in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:21).
Cancer is a terrible affliction and reminder of this futility. But the suffering that comes with cancer has a double meaning. It means that sin is horribly painful, but it also means that glorious freedom is coming. The pain of disease is a reminder that a new creation is in the works, suffering the fire of the forge before emerging as a beautiful and complete masterpiece.
During the anguish brought by cancer, Christians must find comfort in the Lord rather than the calculation of odds and treatment. This hope and peace provides a tremendous opportunity for witness in the face of suffering and futility.
Excerpt modified from Don’t Waste Your Cancer.