Breast Cancer #4: Become An Expert

  • Oct. 4, 2012
  • #7939

Joni encourages you to make your cancer diagnosis a personal and divine calling to become an expert on God. 

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and this week we’re talking about cancer.

I hope you’ve been blessed this week as I’ve shared things I’ve learned from my own battle against breast cancer, and this being Breast Cancer Awareness month, I’ve been so happy to offer you the booklet I’ve written on it. And one of the things I say in that booklet, “Breast Cancer: Life After Shock,” is, “Become an expert.” Now, I know what you’re thinking: you are assuming I mean, “Become an expert on invasive interductal carcinoma; spend hours on the Internet comparing the latest research; create a bookmark on your computer for the American Cancer Society or stay up late exploring the latest homeopathic treatments; join a cancer Facebook page and visit it often.” No, friend, this is not what I mean by becoming an expert.

It is not wrong to know about a disease—knowledge is a good thing, but sometimes the temptation to know more and more about cancer can dim your enthusiasm for God. What a waste it is to read day and night about carcinomas of the breast and not invest the same time in God. Dr. John Piper, who also has dealt with cancer, once advised, “For every hour you spend researching cancer, spend two hours researching God.” Friend, let this disease drive you deeper into the Word of God. Hosea chapter 6 says, “Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord.” And in Daniel chapter 11 it says, “The people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.” And finally, when it comes to being an expert in something, I'll stick with Psalm 1: “Our delight should be in the law of the Lord and on His law he [this blessed person] meditates day and night. He will be like a tree planted by streams of water that yields fruit in its season, and its leaf will not wither and in all that he does, he will prosper.”

Cancer is like a big wall. You can sit at the base of that big wall and spend hours studying its height and thickness, who built it, how it was designed, which stones were used, and what materials masons might use for future walls. Or, or you can spend hours learning how to scale that wall, how to climb to the top to get a better vantage point on God. Let cancer be like a sheepdog that growls and snaps at your heels, driving you down the road to Calvary where otherwise you might not be inclined to go. Let cancer be like a jackhammer that rattles apart your rocks of resistance. Let it be like a chisel that chips away your pride and self-sufficiency, leaving you much more dependent on the Lord.

However you choose to look at it, become an expert in things of the God. This cancer—this opportunity—may only pass your way once (Lord willing). Another thing John Piper says, “Don’t waste your cancer.” Of all the things in this world to waste, please do not waste your sufferings. They are a textbook that will teach you not only about yourself, but about your great and compassionate God. Yes, learn about the disease you’re dealing with, sure, but while you’re doing it, learn more about the Lord! I've written about all of this in a brand new booklet called, "Breast Cancer: Life After Shock." You may not have cancer, or perhaps you know someone who is dealing with this disease. Well, I'm convinced this booklet would really encourage your friend. So please go to my radio page today at joniandfriends.org and ask for your copy of my booklet on breast cancer. Again that’s joniandfriends.org. It’s all a part of raising the biblical bar on this, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

© Joni and Friends

 

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