One of the finest books I’ve ever read was John Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life. It truly changed my life, and gave me a great appreciation for Piper’s other works. When I learned that John Piper had cancer, I was suprised, and almost excited. I know that sounds odd, but I was. See, some of the greatest people I know have had cancer, or know someone who has had cancer. It seems that wherever you turn, a relative has cancer. And they either rise to the top and conquer it, or they don’t make it. John Piper’s article, written on the eve of surgery, entitled “Don’t Waste Your Cancer” is something we all need to read as we live in America today. We will meet someone who will go through an experience like this.
And that’s the reason I was excited–I knew Piper would have some awesome and inspiring words about this trial given to him by God. Here’s a clip:
The design of God in your cancer is not to train you in the rationalistic, human calculation of odds. The world gets comfort from their odds. Not Christians. Some count their chariots (percentages of survival) and some count their horses (side effects of treatment), but we trust in the name of the Lord our God (Psalm 20:7). God’s design is clear from 2 Corinthians 1:9, “We felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” The aim of God in your cancer (among a thousand other good things) is to knock props out from under our hearts so that we rely utterly on him.
Knock the props out from under our hearts…relying utterly on him…I think all of those who have gone through such an experience agree. God uses these times for His glory to make us rely on Him alone. I hope you will read this article, and pray for John Piper. And if you know a loved one or friend who has cancer, send them the link. I believe it will be a great encouragement to them.