I had a conversation with our Worship Leader on Sunday about whether or not someone should take cancer treatments. Now before I go there, I am NOT saying you shouldn't get treatment for your illnesses. The questions was posed If the doctors tell you that you are dying from cancer, why would they want you to go through chemo? As a nurse, I have a definite opinion on this issue, but as a family member, I have a a not-so-certain one.
My Worship Leader had a great point. I know Psalm 139:16: All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. His Word tells me here no matter what I do, I cannot extend my life beyond the point He has already set. He then pointed me to 2 Kings 13:14 where we are told Elisha was suffering from the illness from which he died. This reaffirms what was seen in Psalms. Elisha wasn't going to be cured, it was his time.
God knew when and how Elisha was going to die. According to Psalms, He knew it before Elisha ever was. The same goes for us. If it's our time, nothing we can do will prevent the will of God from happening. Why do we struggle, worry, obsess, and become enslaved to how or when we will leave this earth? To me, it is comforting to know that He already has it planned out. I don't have to help Him at all! Rest in the assurance that your days are numbered by the very One who created you.