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God Is Good
God is Good
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By Pastor Scott Thomas, President of Acts 29 Network
Zac Smith was a 33 year old IT Director at Newspring Church in South Carolina. He died of cancer on May 16, 2010.
Zac was the son of missionary parents, married to Mandy for 11 years and the father of three young children. In May of 2009 this then healthy 32-year-old man was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. Doctors removed a foot and a half of his colon and a lemon-sized tumor.
Going through this terrible cancer, Zac asked why this was happening to him while he was serving God. He wondered if God was punishing him for his past sins. He didn’t understand why he had cancer, but he knew God was in charge. After three months of chemo, the scan indicated that he was cancer free. A month later, the cancer reappeared in his abdomen. He was devastated and confused.
In his last days, Zac took comfort in Matthew 7:11 where he realized that God gives good gifts to his children. Through cancer, Zac said he became a better follower of Jesus, a better husband, and a better father and a better boss. “If God chooses not to heal me and allows me to die, God is still God and God is good. To God be the glory.”
“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11 ESV)
Our prayers are with Mandy Smith and her three children and their extended family, as well as the NewSpring Church family.
You may not be dealing with anything as severe as cancer, but as long as you live in this sin-filled world, you will experience continual pain, suffering, betrayal, health issues, financial struggles and many other things. Our hope is not in this world. Our hope is not in people. Our hope is not in our family. Our hope is not in our finances or comfort. Our hope is in Jesus Christ who bore our sin, redeemed us from the penalty of sin, and through His resurrection has victoriously provided a way to eternal life.
Take comfort in the words below as you suffer for God’s glory.
“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:16-39 ESV)