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Where is God in Cancer?
Often when we are in the midst of pain, suffering or tragedy, we find ourselves struggling to answer the nagging question of “why?” Perhaps we believe that if we had these answers, we would be comforted. If we could just make sense out of what is happening, we could know who or what to blame.

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ASKING "WHY?"

Looking for Answers

Sometimes in the midst of a storm we find ourselves so blindsided and consumed with fear, that we can’t see God, and we wonder if He has left us. Where is God in Cancer? Where is He when we are suffering?   In our search for answers, it’s easy to draw our own conclusions based on our limited understanding. Those conclusions may provide us with temporary comfort, but are often not the truth, and they often prevent us from moving forward in our journey to healing.   We have wrestled with these same questions. We don’t have all the answers. But we have come to understand some truths about God, suffering, and His promises to us. We hope you find encouragement in these words through your own journey too.

It's okay to ask questions

When I lay these questions before God I get a silent, certainly not uncompassionate, gaze. As though He shook His head not in refusal but waiving the question. Like, “Peace child; you don’t understand.” C. S. LEWIS, A GRIEF OBSERVED

It’s okay to ask questions, to search for answers, to seek to understand God and His character. Matthew 7:7, 8 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

  • Suffering is part of life. This truth is found in John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

  • God promises that He will never leave us, even in our suffering. Hebrews 13:5 reminds us to “…be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”

  • Suffering refines our character. The beneficial results of suffering are explained for us in Romans 5:3- 5: “But we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”

  • Our pain is not without purpose. In Romans 8:28 and 29 we read, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. . . . to be conformed to the likeness of his Son.”

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