Healing Scriptures for Cancer Can Help You Stand Firm in Faith
Like so many of you, cancer has touched my life in more ways than I care to admit. Family members, friends, acquaintances, all ravaged by the effects of cancer. Just hearing that word sometimes makes my heart catch and a lump forms in my throat.
It is not pleasant to talk about cancer; however, it has affected your life, and it can be an opening to look at your faith and stand firm in these healing scriptures for cancer.
What does the Bible Say in Healing Scriptures for Cancer?
The Bible does not say anything specific about ‘cancer.’ However, it does have a plethora of information about diseases. Sin caused disease, death, and decay to enter the world and by extension we deal with sickness on a daily basis.
There are a few instances where some theologians have suspected that cancer could be the cause of a disease mentioned in the Bible. For example, in 2 King 20:6-8 King Hezekiah had a ‘boil’; this could have been cancer under a different name, but we will never know for sure.
But we can be certain that some pretty gruesome conditions have been spoken about in the Bible; yet there was a Savior that came to earth sinless and healed the sick, the lame, and the diseased.
Jesus performed at least 37 miracles during this ministry on earth. Yet he did not just heal the body, he also reached out and took them deeper. He touched their souls.
Although healing the body was an important part of his miracles, the true miracle lay in healing their soul. The earthly miracle was healing their body, the heavenly miracle was of eternal significance.
What is a Good Bible Verse for Someone with Cancer?
Even though this life on earth is subject to disease and decay, we still have hope. Psalm 103 is a wonderful place to start:
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psalms 103: 1-5 ESV
You see, even in the pits of a diseased world, the Lord sees you, he does not forget you. There will be an end to all the curses of this world. Praise the Lord, amid them!
It’s a hard passage sometimes to swallow but remember in Romans 8:28 that God works all things together for good, even cancer.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 ESV
Jesus conquered the final victory over every sin, including cancer.
10 Verses on Healing Scriptures for Cancer
The key part of this verse is the word ‘trust.’ Throughout our lives we are called to trust God, especially during times of sickness. As we saw in Romans 8:28, he truly can work things out for our good. Trust him at all times and pour your heart out before him.
He only is my rock and my salvation,my fortress; I shall not be shaken.On God rests my salvation and my glory;my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.
Psalm 62:6-8 ESV
When we are looking at specific Bible verses, it’s very important that we keep the context in mind. Looking at only a portion of a greater story can lead us to believe something very different than the passage was intended as.
This verse took place as the Egyptians were pressing down on the Israelites. The Israelites were losing heart and greatly afraid. I love how Moses rallies the people around the promise that the Lord has already saved them. He reminds them that the Lord will fight for you; all they needed to do was be silent.
Sometimes in our journeys with cancer, there is a time to stand on your two feet and fight. Other times it is time to rest and let the Lord fight for you.
And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”Exodus 14:13-14 ESV
There are practical things you can do when dealing with cancer and one of them is calling on your local church leaders.
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. James 5:14 ESV
There are plenty of healing scriptures for cancer in the Bible, but not all of them are going to mention ‘cancer’ specifically. Cancer can feel like a prison cell, but remember that God has set plenty of prisoners free from their shackles. The Lord lifts those who bow before him.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;the Lord loves the righteous.Psalm 146:7b-8 ESV
This is another one of those verses that we take comfort in, but do not always read it in the entirety. Cancer has a mighty way of humbling you. Physical, mental, and emotional things that were done with independence, are now done with great assistance.
It’s enough to make a personal anxiety skyrocket. When we are humbled under the mighty hand of God, he will care for you.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.1 Peter 5:6-7 ESV
Go to Jesus in your distress. He can take your heavy burden.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.Matthew 11:28-29 ESV
Remember God’s love does not change. Just because you or a loved one has cancer does not mean that God’s love, grace, and sovereignty has changed. You can hope in Him because He does not change. His love is steady, and your heart can trust in his plan fully.
Our soul waits for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.
Sometimes we cannot ‘see’ what God is doing. Yet, that does not mean he is not doing a mighty work. As we say in Romans 8:28, we know that everything works together for good. Hebrews 11:1 reminds us that we cannot always see what faith will produce, but we can continue to hope.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.Hebrews 11:1 ESV
On the darkest days, let’s remember that one day God will wipe every tear from our eyes. The purpose of those things that were painful will be seen. The former things will pass away and there will be no more reason for sadness. The only requirement? That we repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”Revelation 21:4 ESV
This can be a painful verse to process, but let’s not forget that we are finite creatures, and our Lord and Savior is infinite and completely sovereign.
Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.
1 Peter 4:19 ESV
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A Prayer for Families Dealing with Cancer
Have you ever heard the saying that “fighting cancer takes 90% positive thinking and 10% a plan of attack”?
I completely understand the heart of the quote and can relate to its truthfulness. Yet, I really wish that instead it went like this, “fighting cancer takes 90% resting in God’s sovereignty, and 10% trusting in faith.”
Staying positive while you watch someone waste away is nearly impossible. Resting in God’s peace is entirely possible.
Dear Abba Father, my life has suddenly become infected with a disease that I don’t quite understand. I don’t understand why you are allowing me and my loved ones to go through this. I ask for a daily measure of grace to withstand this storm. Remind me that this home is temporary, and your plans are always better than mine. Please shower your healing down on us and give us the strength to endure what is ahead. Amen.