Can God Use Cancer? – Episode 127

Can God Use Cancer?

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Featuring: Rev. Percy McCray and Wayne Shepherd

Published: September 1, 2018

Join the hosts of Health, Hope & Inspiration as they search the scriptures and discuss a commonly-asked question within the faith community—can God use cancer for His glory and ultimately for our benefit? Can we say that “all things can work for the good of them who love God and who are called according to His purpose”?

Show Notes:

This week we take on the existential question of the purpose of suffering and the sovereignty of God. While posing the question, “Can God use cancer?”, Pastor Percy shares his experiences with patients who ultimately and courageously embraced their diagnosis and allowed it to radically change their perspective on how they related to God and to others, as well as the true meaning of living a life devoted to the glory of God.


  • “Often we have heard on this particular program from people who have gone through very difficult and challenging scenarios of life-threatening disease and cancer, who have risen to say, ‘Listen, let me tell you what God is, has, and will continue to do in my life and potentially in yours as a result of—not because of, but as a result of being a cancer patient.’”
  • “I’ve spoken to enough cancer patients and their caregivers to say that in many cases, cancer actually helped to change their trajectory, purpose, sense of prioritization, relationships and connection with others.”
  • “I do not believe that God causes cancer or gives cancer to anyone. I believe that is a direct result of living in a fallen world and a fallen state from a spiritual-being perspective.”
  • “God doesn’t like anything, ultimately, that is going to harm and hurt His creation.”
  • “I have certainly supported a plethora of people who have said to me, ‘Cancer, in many ways, was the best thing that ever happened to me after the fact because the Lord showed me something. He exposed an element within me that I didn’t know about myself. He brought another opportunity of ministry to me that I never thought was possible within the framework of who I was.’”
  • “I’ve heard patients say they have an ‘aha’ moment of, ‘God didn’t give this to me, but He has empowered me through this,’ and I almost feel engaged to say, as people often have told me, ‘I have a duty now and an obligation to do something with that experience, but I feel like I can almost do anything.’”


CLICK HERE to download this weeks resource: “Cancer Ministry Scriptures