One thing you might have noticed over the course of my blog posts are that I am a Christian, and I have fibromyalgia. It can be difficult to juggle fibromyalgia with faith – sometimes it feels like God is upset with me since I am in so much pain. However, I’ve found some Bible verses that tend to resonate with me as a person with chronic illness. Make sure you take my opinions with a grain of salt – I’m no theologian!
1. Matthew 4:24
Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.Matthew 4:24, NKJV
I know, this one is pretty literal. But the main thing I take away from it is that Jesus doesn’t pick and choose which illnesses to heal – He will heal any illness if we just believe in Him. Some people don’t want to have their chronic illnesses healed, because it feels like a major part of their life – I totally understand that, because that’s how I am with my mental illnesses. I think that at the same time He can ease our suffering, even if not heal it.
2. Psalm 34:18
The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,Psalm 34:18, NKJV
And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
I think here, broken heart can mean a lot of things. It can mean you just got out of a relationship, it can mean something terrible has happened to you, it can mean a lot of things. And I think if you replace ‘broken heart’ with ‘chronic illness’, you can see that the Lord is close to us in our suffering. Note: I had to look up the word ‘contrite’ and it means “feeling or expressing remorse or penitence; affected by guilt.”
3. Matthew 11:28
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.Matthew 11:28, NKJV
This verse from the Gospel of Matthew is telling us that we can be given rest through Jesus Christ. We carry a heavy yoke as those who are sick, and a lot of our laboring is simply getting through each day as a person with chronic illness.
4. Isaiah 43:2
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;Isaiah 43:2, NKJV
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
Here, you can interpret waters, rivers, fire, and flame as the everyday trials and tribulations of being a spoonie. In Isaiah, God is saying that he will not let harm befall us because we believe in Him. Although we may walk through fire and water, we will not be harmed.
5. Psalm 105:4
Seek the Lord and His strength;Psalm 105:4, NKJV
Seek His face evermore!
This one is mostly for strength: if we seek the Lord’s strength, it will give us more of our own.
6. Psalm 61:2
From the end of the earth I will cry to You,Psalm 61:2, NKJV
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
When our hearts are overwhelmed, we must seek out the face of God and draw strength and compassion from Him. This speaks to me as a chronic illness sufferer because it’s saying that we will look for God’s help when we are overwhelmed, and he will give us the help we need.
7. Exodus 14:14
The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.Exodus 14:14, NKJV
I think this verse is really saying that it’s okay not to fight against your illness every day. Sometimes you just need to rest, especially during a flareup, and Exodus tells us that that’s okay – we can just be at peace and God will fight for us.
Do you have any different interpretations of these Bible verses for chronic illness? Can you think of any other verses that speak to you as a chronically ill person?