HIS FACE IN MY JOURNEY
Partnership with God
"Faith, by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." James 2:17
As I was doing research, I came across a blog written by a Christian woman with advanced breast cancer who
was opposed to traditional medical treatment. She believed that having faith and trust in God's healing meant
that she couldn't also have medical treatment at the same time. My heart broke as I read her posts. Her story
did not end well. I believe God can heal supernaturally and sometimes He does. But without clear direction and
solid confirmation from the Lord, the pursuit of supernatural healing alone may be prideful and tragic.
I have a degree in biochemistry, and I have always believed that science and medicine come from God. They reveal
His divine nature and His masterful creation (Romans 1:19, 20). Cancer, not medicine, is the enemy. For me, receiving medical treatment was never a question. I gratefully accepted the gift of healing the Lord graciously offered to me through prayer, medical treatment, nutrition, and exercise. The Lord led me to be aggressive with my treatment because my cancer was an aggressive attack from the evil one. I am thankful for my treatment and am confident that I have partnered with God in faith by seeking Him and completely trusting in His leading for all of my choices.
God wants us to do our part. We can't do what He does, and He won't do what we can do. It is only when we join with Him in partnership and agreement that He is able to fully accomplish His purpose. Yes, He is sovereign and He can do anything. But He has chosen to operate in a way that requires our participation. This is why we need to pray (2 Thessalonians 1:11). This is what James meant when he spoke about faith and works (James 2:14-26). Our faith doesn't mean we simply make our request and wait for God to act.
We must activate our faith.
Hebrews 11 is a wonderful summary of faith in action. Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua,
Gideon, Samson, David, Samuel and the prophets actively participated and partnered with God
in faith to rescue families, form nations, free cities, conquer kingdoms, administer justice, and pursue
what was promised (Hebrews 11:1-40). Without the faith-inspired action of these beloved biblical heroes, in
committed partnership with God, the Judeo-Christian heritage, upon which our faith is founded, would not exist.
For those with cancer, faith-inspired action means we are to participate in the process of healing by using the tools God so graciously offers. Prayer, worship, medical treatment, exercise, nutrition, and various forms of therapies are all blessings from God to restore our health and bring glory to Himself. We are to ask for His guidance as we pursue our treatment, and then follow His lead.