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Tim Keller Has Shared a Cancer Update: God Has ‘Good Reasons for Everything He Does’

Author and pastor Tim Keller has shared an update on his battle with cancer, thanking God for encouragement and grace during his difficult journey.

“I have Stage IV pancreatic cancer,” he tweeted. “But it is endlessly comforting to have a God who is both infinitely more wise and more loving than I am. He has plenty of good reasons for everything he does and allows that I cannot know, and therein is my hope and strength.”

Keller first announced his cancer diagnosis in June of last year, and he has been seeking treatment ever since. Since that time, Keller spoke with RELEVANT about his diagnosis and processing its seriousness. Around 80 to 85 percent of people diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer die within a year. Keller’s treatment is going well, and he told our Senior Editor Tyler Huckabee in March of this 2021 that “the idea of dying in months is gone. It’s more like years.”

How many years exactly is a big question mark, but Keller said that “I live with the knowledge that time is short. That’s actually spiritually good.” You can read our full conversation here.

Keller also tweeted that he is grateful for prayers and that the incomprehensibility of God had been sustaining him over the course of his treatment.

“I deeply appreciate prayer for my situation! But my main purpose in the last post was to show that having a God who in some ways is beyond our comprehension (esp regarding evil and suffering) is more of a spiritual strength than it is an intellectual problem.”

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