Today, February 4, 2020, is World Cancer Day. Internationally, today is a day set apart to globally recognize the need for a cure for cancer. In 2018, an estimated 18 million people had cancer and 10 million died from it.
On a personal note, I know my wife’s family is riddled with cancers, most recovered, but some lost to this devastating disease. I lost my mother to cancer. It’s challenging to grasp how many children, adolescents, adults, and senior citizens are fighting cancer right now.
For all who have cancer and for all the loved ones affected by this disease, allow me to point you to Jesus, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
When we read our Bibles, we often focus on the miracles which Jesus performed during His earthly ministry, and that’s good. It’s also vital for us to know that Jesus understands our difficulties and our hurt. John 16:33 records these words of Jesus:
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
Jesus never promised us that our lives would be healthy, safe, and free from sadness in this world, but He has told His followers to “take heart” to be encouraged because He has overcome the world!
Nikhedonia is a little-used word in the English language. It means the feeling of excitement or elation that comes from anticipating sure success. So, today, I pray that you feel Nikhedonia, feel it because success for all believes in Jesus is certain. Through the authority of Jesus Christ, we will be victorious!
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