If you missed my first vlog of 2020, it was a rough start to the year. I spent New Year’s Eve in bed (watching the Princess and the Frog which I’m definitely not mad about) and I didn’t quite make it to midnight.
Turns out I had a nasty case of bronchitis on top of some gastritis symptoms – not a fun way to start off the New Year!
The week of rest was ultimately good for me and when things got scary or hard, I didn’t turn to Scripture (because I was so out of it), but as soon as I got better, I desperately missed church, reading my Bible, and the encouragement that comes from studying God’s Word.
I know, firsthand, how scary it is when your health declines or the questioning and bargaining that goes on between you and God when you’re wondering WHY you have to struggle so much with your health when it seems like no one else does. So, I wanted to share 5 pieces of Scripture that have brought me comfort, encouragement, and to my knees before God when I don’t understand what’s going on with my health or life in general.
1. Luke 8:48
When my health story began in 2014/2015, I was a mess. Thankfully, I was at the tail end of my senior year, so I was still able to have some of the most amazing college experiences I will cherish forever.
I remember having a particularly hard night and one of my best friends (and roommates at the time), Nicole, came into my room unannounced and she read this passage to me. It’s a moment I’ll always remember in our friendship.
To set the scene here… Luke is a gospel.
It was pretty much written to share the life and account of Jesus and everything he did during his time on Earth. A lot happens in chapter 8, but the main story here is there was a church leader named Jairus. Jairus’ daughter was dying and he begged Jesus to come with him and save her.
On their way to Jairus’ house, a horde of people crowd Jesus. They knew who he was and heard of all the miracles he was performing. It was like a celebrity trying to go out in public and these people were the paparazzi.
All of a sudden, we’re introduced to a woman (43).
This nameless woman had been bleeding for 12 years.
Scripture tells us she “had spent all she had on doctors[i] yet could not be healed by any.” Uh…. relatable?!
This was a woman who understood suffering. Who had prayed without ceasing for 12. years. What amazes me here is she doesn’t give up. She doesn’t lose hope.
She seeks Jesus.
She reaches out to touch Jesus’ clothing and she is immediately healed.
Once Jesus feels power leave Him, he stops the crowd and asks who touched him. This poor woman, terrified, reveals that it was her who touched Jesus because she wanted to be healed.
“Daughter,” He said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
Her physical wellness was not his priority here. Jesus emphasized her spiritual wellness. It was her faith that made her well. Her belief in who He was and what He could do.
What a sweet reminder of faith and that God can do what He says He can do. Even if we don’t get the results we want for 12 years or in this lifetime.
2. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
2 Corinthians was written by the apostle Paul.
Paul, formerly known as Saul, used to persecute and murder Christians before becoming one himself. Once he became a Christian (and went through the name change) he began to experience persecution as well. Paul was imprisoned, beaten, shipwrecked, and starved of food and water. The guy knew suffering pretty well.
In these verses, Paul is writing to the church in Corinth. He is encouraging them and referencing a former letter he had written to them. He tells them…
“Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
While your current “affliction” may not feel light, Paul is really just emphasizing that whatever you are going through right now is temporary. It won’t be forever (even if it feels like it will be)! Don’t trust your feelings. Trust Scripture. 🙂
3. 1 John 5:14
1 John is an epistle (or letter). It was written to believers, at the time, to give them an assurance of their salvation. There was a lot of false teaching going around at the time, so this letter cleared a lot of things up.
The apostle John writes, “Now this is the confidence we have before Him: Whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”
God promises that He hears us… AND he does something about our prayers!
How crazy is that?
One commentary I read addressed the question:
If something is God’s will, why doesn’t He just do it, apart from our prayers? Why would He wait to accomplish His will until we pray?
“Because God has appointed us to work with Him as 2 Corinthians 6:1 says: as workers together with Him. God wants us to work with Him, and that means bringing our will and agenda into alignment with His. He wants us to care about the things He cares about, and He wants us to care about them enough to pray passionately about them.”
While that’s not Scripture, I love that concept + am encouraged to continue to pray without ceasing! It’s a sign of my faith and that I truly believe God can do what He says He can do and that I’m willing to have a relationship with Him outside of just what I want from Him (healing).
4. Isaiah 41:10
This is a popular verse for good reason.
Isaiah is a book of prophesy that discusses the nature of who God is. In this verse, God is speaking to Israel, specifically to those who have put their faith in Him. He says…
“Do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you; I will help you;
I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.”
A great reminder for us when we are feeling afraid and anxious about our health.
5. Revelation 21:4
This is truly one of my all-time favorite bible verses.
Revelation is a book about what’s to come. It’s what we believe, as Christians, is going to happen when Jesus returns. One of things we are promised is…
“He [God] will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Death will no longer exist;
grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer,
because the previous things have passed away.”
Can you imagine?!
A world with no pain? No death? No suffering? No tears?
I know right now suffering feels hard, but it gives me hope to know we are promised that it will end! One day, we will never have to live with this again and God has already won.
Which verse stands out the most to you? Is there another verse that brings you comfort during your hard health days? Please share it in the comments below! I LOVE hearing from you.