*** My new book, Loving Your Friend through Cancer, releases at the end of this month! To celebrate, each Monday devotional in May will feature one of my favorite verses from my cancer battle several years ago. I hope you will be encouraged by these scriptures and add them to your list to share with a friend who is suffering. ***
As I read through the many messages of love, support, and prayers after my cancer diagnosis, I often jotted down the scriptures or inspiritional quotes in my notebook. But one verse ended up on the back of a small piece of paper and taped to the outside of my kitchen cabinet for years. My aunt sent me a note and shared a verse that had been precious to my grandmother during her own cancer battle. The first few words stopped me in my tracks.
“He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.” (Psalm 112:7-8)
“He is not afraid of bad news?” How can this be? There is so much about bad news to be afraid of, and I had just received some of the worst news there is: a rare cancer, a grim prognosis, months of difficult treatment ahead, and an uncertain future for my young children.
But we see in these verses, and in many promises in God’s Word, that we can face bad news without fear because we belong to the Lord. We can stand firm, knowing that He is bigger, He is more powerful, He is the victor over every evil that threatens us. He has already triumphed over every pain, every illness, every sin—even over death itself.
In this world, we will have trouble. But we can take heart knowing that Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33). We don’t trust in our own might, but in the power of the One who holds our future in His hands.
No matter what you face this week, God triumphs over all our bad news.
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