Maria was a 35-year-old woman when I met her in California. She was the kind of person that always enjoyed church, praying to God and taking care of her family. One spring day in 2001, she went to the doctor for a routine checkup and he found a lump on her breast. He asked her if she had noticed this and she said no. Maria never gave herself a routine breast examine on her own. She usually only went to the doctor for a checkup every year.
The doctor told her that he would have to run some tests to diagnose the problem. After three weeks, Maria got her test results back. The doctor informed her that she had stage 3 breast cancer. It was a rare form of breast cancer and he didn’t know if chemotherapy would be able to help her.
Maria went home crying. She couldn’t believe that God would allow this to happen to her. She dropped on her hands and knees and started to confess her sins to God. She said, “God, why are you punishing me with cancer?” This is a question that thousands of people ask God on a regular basis when they are diagnosed with an illness. The truth of the matter is that God is not punishing you with cancer or another illness. In fact, some of God’s most faith servants died deaths of great pain and sorrow. The truth is that everyone is going to die of something. Cancer is not a curse or a punishment. Both Godly and ungodly men and women get this disease. To think that God is punishing you is only causing more pain and sorrow to come into your life.
Check out some of the deaths and illnesses of these spiritual men and women of God. Perhaps you will be able to see that your illness is not because of something that you did wrong.
Saint Gerard Majella – Died of tuberculosis in 1755. Was known as a devout Christian and prayed that he would only do the will of God. He died at the young age of 29.
Kathryn Johanna Kuhlman – Healing evangelist that died of a minor heart flareup in 1976. She was known for preaching to millions of people at her crusades.
Saint Stephen – Was stoned to death.
Peter the Apostle – Was crucified by getting hung upside down on a cross.
Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati – He died at the young age of 24 from Polio.
St. Joan of Arc – Was martyred at the young age of 19 in 1431.
St. Therese of Lisieux – Died at the young age of 24 of tuberculosis in 1897.
St. Charles Lwanga – Died at the young age of 21 as a martyr.