In May 2000, Dr. James Boice stood before his Philadelphia church and explained that he’d been diagnosed with liver cancer:
Should you pray for a miracle? Well, you’re free to do that, of course. My general impression is that the God who is able to do miracles—and He certainly can—is also able to keep you from getting the problem in the first place. So although miracles do happen, they’re rare by definition. . .Above all, I would say pray for the glory of God. If you think of God glorifying Himself in history and you say, where in all of history has God most glorified Himself? He did it at the cross of Jesus Christ, and it wasn’t by delivering Jesus from the cross, though He could have. . .
God is in charge. When things like this come into our lives, they are not accidental. It’s not as if God somehow forgot what was going on, and something bad slipped by. . .God is not only the one who is in charge; God is also good. Everything He does is good. . .If God does something in your life, would you change it? If you’d change it, you’d make it worse. It wouldn’t be as good.
Eight weeks later Pastor Boice departed this world to “be with Christ, which is better by far” (Philippians 1:23) ~Pastor James Boice (1938-2000)
Excerpt taken from “If God Is Good” by Randy Alcorn.