4 Scriptures that Encourage Someone Living in Physical Pain

Today's blog comes from a wonderful woman on our GMO staff team. She was asked to share what encouraging words to give to someone in pain. Here is what she has to say:

I am only 30 years old, but I feel like hardly a week goes by in which I don’t have a doctor’s appointment – or at least I’m on the phone with or emailing one. It’s been that way most of my life.

That’s because I have a chronic illness – along with migraine headaches, TMJ disorder, digestive distress, kidney and urinary-tract problems, reproductive-system illness, and bursitis in my hips and knees.

But as they say, I have them – but THEY don’t have ME.

I like to say, I’m not suffering from my illnesses; I’m hoping God will HEAL me from them!

It’s not awesome to live with this. Why does God let some people have problems like those and others? Maybe YOU are having physical issues. Christians aren’t exempt from cancer, emphysema, birth defects, Crohn’s Disease, arthritis, and other problems.

But we can seek encouragement from His Word!

1. From 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (condensed): Even the Apostle Paul had a physical issue that couldn’t be “prayed away.” Yet he continued his godly work, and he continued to praise God. So can we!
“I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time He said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

2. 2 Corinthians 4:16b-18: The suffering will NOT last forever; God is doing amazing things within us; and a great reward awaits us.
“Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. Our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

3. Isaiah 41:10: God is strong, even though we are not.
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with My victorious right hand.”

4. Psalm 139: I recommend reading this whole glorious Psalm and praying it. But the following is one of my favourite parts; it tells me that even if my body hurts and I think it isn’t working right, God doesn’t make mistakes. He knows all and has a better plan that what I might be able to see. He is my Comforter.
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous — how well I know it.”

How might you use these scriptures with the people you encounter online?