Romans 8:27 – And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will. (NIV)
Our granddaughter has now started Grade 10 in secondary school. During 1991, she experienced a whole year of chemotherapy. The end result, after praying that the tumour would not grow, was that it actually shrank from the size of a golf ball to that of a baby finger nail. MRI after MRI has shown no growth through the years since 1992.
Our granddaughter was spared, but not all can say the same thing. We all know those who have lost a dear one to cancer. Though some are chosen to live longer on this earth, others are taken home to be with the Lord.
Why does He take one and leave another? The apostle Paul wrote, "we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him" (Romans 8:28 NIV), and Jesus told His disciples, "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33 NIV) Through trials and tribulations, we struggle to endure, but in the end, we are strengthened by learning to yield to the perfect will of God and the plan He has for each one of us.
Though we all hope for a miracle, we have no basis to claim a miracle as our right. Our relationship with God does not guarantee His intervention in our favour, but yielding to His will increases our knowledge of Him and strengthens our ongoing relationship with Him as He sustains us.
At the same time as we pray for our treasured ones that we love so very much, we must learn to be obedient to God's will in the choices He makes.
Prayer: Lord God, You search our minds and know our hearts. Be with us by Your Spirit, knowing that in all of our circumstances, You are with us, as we pray in Jesus' name. Amen.