A reader sent me this message recently,
“My husband has incredibly ongoing physical pain. He often wishes that God would just take him now so he can escape the never-ending pain. We trust that God has a plan, but this is so difficult to endure. What hope does the Bible offer?”
My heart breaks for people who live with ongoing, chronic pain. Chronic pain is debilitation and often leads to depression. (Click here for more information about hope and help for depression.)
I won’t begin to give trite, easy answers for how to cope with ongoing pain, but I do know that God provides peace that goes beyond our human understanding. Use these 10 Bible verses for hope when you have physical pain.
10 Bible Verses of Hope for When You Have Physical Pain
These verses from God’s word provide hope for when you have physical pain. Read through them often, write them on note cards or in a journal and keep them near when you need a reminder of God’s promises to you.
All verses listed are ESV (English Standard Version).
Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm[a] so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked.
I Chronicals 4:10
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.
For I am ready to fall,
and my pain is ever before me.
I confess my iniquity;
I am sorry for my sin.
But I am afflicted and in pain;
let your salvation, O God, set me on high!
I will praise the name of God with a song;
I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.
So his (Jesus’) fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains,those oppressed by demons, those having seizures, and paralytics, and he healed them.
Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
Do you deal with ongoing physical pain? What Bible verses bring you comfort?
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