A colleague I have worked with for 20 years was just diagnosed with stomach cancer. Early test results show that it has already spread into surrounding organs and lymph nodes, thus indicating a very low 5-year survival rate. I am in shock – as his wife said, “we just went to the doctor to check out tiredness and a bit of tummy upset and he ended up being hospitalized immediately and two days later we had a diagnosis of cancer with a not too great prognosis.”
This surely qualifies as a fiery trial of faith. I pray that the Lord Jesus would be glorified in their lives – husband, wife and two daughters – as they face this humanly daunting future. All of their plans suddenly on hold, very possibly permanently. It seems so awful from a human perspective. Yet, if we believe that the Lord is indeed in control, we can trust that He will complete His work in their lives and in the lives of the people they are working with.
In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (1 Pet 1:5-6)
Whether the Lord miraculously keeps him alive or not, I pray that they would better understand the surpassing greatness of God’s power that resides in these earthen vessels. I pray that their faith would be strong and that at the revelation Of Jesus Christ they will shine.