"Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is on my side as my helper...it is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man." - Psalm 118:5-7
The words "The Lord is on my side" are such a comfort. Romans 8:31 puts it this way: "God is for us". Think about that for a minute. God is for us. The Sovereign Maker of the universe, who has authority over angels and demons and rulers and nations and wind and waves and viruses and the smallest of molecules, is for us. We who are "accounted as dust on the scales...as less than nothing and emptiness" (Isaiah 40:15,17) have the almighty, risen Christ on our side.
What do we have to fear? God is for us, on our side, and is therefore exerting all of his sovereign power for our good and his glory.
God is for Ian! Oh, it seems like there is so much against Ian right now. But God is on Ian's side! Jesus Christ, the living and ruling Lord, is working on Ian's behalf at this very minute. "God is for us". This is our hope. This is Ian's hope. When all is said and done our hope isn't in doctors, or medicine, or hospitals (and believe me, we are so very grateful for all of these). Our hope is in the fact that Jesus Christ is on our side.
"I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe..." -- Ephesians 1:17-19