For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. ~James 2:10 NKJV
Cancer: The War All Encompassing is all the other stuff that comes into play with our bodies, our psyche, our souls and our minds. So, with the quote from James, the brother of Jesus, could this mean that cancer is a judgement upon us for sins we have committed? Yes, I believe it is entirely possible! Consider what was posted previously by the minor prophet, Job, after being enticed by his own wife:
…Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?.. ~Job 2:10 NKJV
While God cannot sin or cause evil, but is judgement truly an evil being committed upon someone, if their sins or actions warrant it? No, it is not. Face the fact that we are, in-fact, God’s personal property. Much like a home or a car or some furniture that you own. Perhaps, best explained as we are art created by the All Mighty Creator of the Universe. God being the paint of said art, He can destroy us and start anew, if He so desired. It is quite simply put by King David:
The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein. ~Psalm 24:1 NKJV
Also, keep in mind that cancer may not be a judgement of God though but rather just a genetic or environmental problem that we just happened to pick up. Is it evil of God to let you die because of one of those factors? No, as we were only promised one life, one human life to live. One human life to get our acts together and find, as well as, perfect our purpose(s). Some of us are given a longer period of time and others a very short period of time. It is truly up to us to make the right choices and accomplish our purpose and glorify our Creator! (If you disagree with my belief, you might consider re-reading Genesis 1 through 4.) As creations of the One True God, we have not only an obligation to perform at our best, each and every day, in order to glorify Him who Created each of us; but we are also designed and obligated to perform in the purpose in which we were created…to glorify God and to do the best possible job in accomplishing the purpose for which we were created. That may be singing, art, writing, laboring, managing, supervising, creating value for other people in the form of a widget, etc. We each have a select purpose, but not all of us know what that is…yet. We must find it through our prayers and our service in our present and everyday job. But one day that purpose will come to each of us like a wildfire. Colonel Sanders (KFC) did not change the world until after the age of 65. Others did it later in life and many started much younger in life…each one of us is different and will accomplish our purpose differently, in God’s time, will and grace!
Funny, how we as people we flow through our lives lazily floating through a stream. Up until our twenties we haven’t a care in the world. In our 20s and 30s we are too busy trying to buy things and save for our futures and attempting to raise & support our families. In our 40s we expend more time trying to get ahead, because we always feel as though we are behind the Eight Ball. As we make our way into our 50s we find more and more of our friends, family, those we graduated with, and those we served with are dying around us. It gets worse as we close out the 50s and enter into our 60s because we find more have left us and we see that we are the present day older generation and tend to see that we are the last bastions of hope that God has planted on this earth to guide those around us. Yet, at the same time we also find that we are truly ill prepared and not ready to lead those who really need to be led. With respect to leading others to Christ, our purpose, God’s will in our life…we sense failure in our midst. (As of yet, I have not exited my 50s, but I feel that sense of lost time, failure, and foolhardiness…but this blog and 2 others were created roughly 2 years ago. I have sensed a desire to write. Not great, but I believe I am fulfilling my role.)
Man has a tendency to think that cancer is a judgement upon him, we as man also have a tendency to either see it as something we have done to ourselves because of the stupid things we have done throughout our lives, and of course there are those who tend to get truly angry at what is happening. There will come a time where there is a sense of urgency in your life. Consider this statement made by Michael Landon, Jr.,spoke this in an interview after his father died of cancer of the liver and pancreas in 1991:
“Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.” ~ Michael Landon Jr.
We as parents, protect our kids from far too much, I believe. One of the first things we need to teach our kids is about the gloriousness of our God, another thing we must teach our kids is that we are created to die. As Michael Landon, Jr. stated with such knowledge we may have more inspiration and passion, or desire to actually do much greater things in our lives. Perhaps, with such knowledge, we will truly glorify our God through our lack of fear (or even an abundant of fear of God.) I sense that we have a greater reverence for our God with all the knowledge we can muster up. With that knowledge that one day we will die, we can let loose of such fears and follow through with the unthinkable, unimagined, and the untried! Live life to the greatest possibilities that your life has to offer.
Love life and show that you love God by placing your life in His hands. Go beyond what has happened to you and live life with joy and a passion for God! But first, you must find that joy of your life, that passion you hold dearly, and that burning desire that drives you to go beyond your comfort zone!
May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!
MK Murphy, PhD, DD