“Martha then said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died’” (John 11:21).

When the biopsy returns negative, when the cancer is in remission, when surgery goes well the often heard declaration is, “God is good!” What about those occasions when the biopsy is positive, the cancer returns with a vengeance, and the surgery isn’t a success, is God nonetheless good? The statement by both Martha and Mary (v.32) demonstrates a lack of understanding of both the world in which we live and the omnipresence of God. There is never a time, place, or circumstance when God isn’t present and yet people still get sick, experience pain, suffer hardship and, yes, die. Our dilemma is a broken creation; our design accommodates physical death; our destiny is eternal life. God heals immediately sometimes, but ultimately always. Either way, God is good all the time.

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