Health & Spirit

If I had more faith I wouldn't feel like this, would I?

By Billy Graham, Tribune Content Agency on

Q: I start cancer treatments (chemotherapy) next week, and I admit I'm scared. I know I shouldn't be, because I've given my life to Jesus and I know I'll go to Heaven if I die. But if I had more faith I wouldn't feel like this, would I? What's wrong with me? -- Mrs. J.R.S.

A: Nothing's necessarily wrong with you; it would be unusual if you weren't concerned about the future. God put within each of us a deep desire to keep on living (what is sometimes called our "survival instinct"). If we didn't have this desire, we'd open ourselves to all kinds of dangers.

Don't misunderstand me, however. God didn't send Jesus Christ into the world just to make us feel good, or to help us through life's little bumps. Christ came to take away the fears and doubts that haunt us, and to give us strength and hope in the midst of life's greatest troubles. The Bible says, "He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. ... Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength" (Isaiah 40:29, 31).

Right now you're facing one of the greatest crises you've ever faced. Yes, you're scared -- but how much more fearful would you be if you didn't know Christ? As you face the uncertainties of the future, take time every day -- even every hour -- to thank God for His presence with you. You are not alone; Christ is with you! Thank Him too for the hope you have of Heaven because of Him.

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In addition, let the promises of God's Word, the Bible, take root in your mind and heart as they never have before. (You'll find the book of Psalms especially helpful.) Jesus said, "My peace I give you. ... Do not let your hearts be troubled" (John 14:27).


(Send your queries to "My Answer," c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 1-(877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit the Web site for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association:



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