Do you or someone you love deal with chronic illness? Then you know that the daily toll of an ongoing pain can easily diminish anyone’s joy. That’s why I’ve put together these Bible verses for chronic illness.
(P.S. There’s even more Bible verses about joy here.) 🙂
My husband suffers from chronic illness, and because of this, our family has had to learn how to discover real joy through all circumstances too. I want you to know that you’re not alone as you suffer with chronic pain, and that yes, authentic joy is possible.
P.S. I also want to give you a really easy way to study Bible verses on joy and happiness (the Joy Full 5Rs Bible Study Resources) in less than 10 minutes a day.
Get a free 3-day sample of these simple-yet-powerful joy Bible study resources here–for free–so that you can have a happier life starting today!
Tough Questions About Joy That Chronic Illness Sufferers Must Face
Before I share these Bible verses about joy, it’s important that we address the unique and difficult spiritual questions chronic illness sufferers and their loved ones face because these questions often keep chronic illness sufferers from experiencing true spiritual joy.
Besides physical pain, chronic pain sufferers face a slew of emotional and spiritual dilemmas, such as:
- Why is God allowing this pain to continue? If he has the power to heal me, why doesn’t He do it?
- How am I supposed to keep up with my responsibilities as a mom (or wife, or employee) when I must battle chronic pain?
- How can I keep a joyful spirit through the difficulties of this ongoing sickness? How can I keep this physical pain from turning inward into depression and even anger about my situation (and anger at God)?
Honestly, these are deep, huge questions that can’t be solved with a single blog post. Every person must walk their own road to discovering joy despite chronic illness (here’s part of our story).
But, the main thing I want you to know is that joy is possible, even through chronic illness. Truly.
In fact, I’ve learned that joy is possible in all circumstances (and here’s a few more stories to encourage you in this truth)!
As I share the following scripture verses on joy, I’m going to what we’ve learned about joy as my husband and I live with the effects of his ongoing sickness (Type 1 Diabetes). I encourage you to take what we’ve learned about joy through suffering and apply it to your situation.
Bottom line: The number one way my husband and I have found peace, encouragement and joy through the road of chronic illness is through an authentic relationship with God.
Should Physical Healing from Illness Be Our Main Goal?
Of course physical healing would make life more pleasurable for those of us who deal with chronic pain.
But honestly, I’d argue that physical healing shouldn’t be our main goal as chronic illness sufferers. Instead, we need to focus on spiritual healing for two reasons:
- Godly joy is possible at all times (whether physical healing comes or not);
- God longs to introduce us to the deepest, most joy-filled aspects of life (John 10:1), and quite often, those paths to rich, joyful living start in pain and suffering.
Even if God never grants you physical healing (and a cure is not possible), friend, let me share with you how these biblical promises can bring authentic spiritual joy despite ongoing pain.
19 Bible Verses About Joy Through Chronic Illness
There’s so many joy bible verses that can bring encouragement for chronic illness sufferers!
Here’s my favorite 19 Bible verses on joy through chronic illness:
- 1 John 4:18
- Zephaniah 3:17
- Ephesians 3:16-19
- Psalm 27:1-3
- Romans 8:28
- Proverbs 3:5-6
- Romans 5:3-4
- James 1:2-4
- Colossians 1:11
- Psalm 23
- John 10:10
- Jeremiah 29:10-14
- 1 Peter 4:12
- John 16:33
- Deuteronomy 31:6
- Matthew 28:20
- Matthew 6:25-34
- Philippians 4:4-8
- Revelation 21:1-4
Go here for more bible verses about joy through trials and hard times.
Next Steps to Discover Joy Through Chronic Illness
It’s OK to still have the “why” questions in regards to chronic illness. None of us have all the answers (nor will we ever have them in this life).
However, in order to have peace and joy through chronic suffering, we must continually grow closer to God as we focus on these biblical truths in daily Bible study time and daily prayer.
I encourage you to take these next 3 steps to discover joy in spite of chronic illness:
1) Study these chronic illness Bible verses and apply them to your life today.
I encourage you to learn more about biblical joy while living with chronic illness by going through the Joy Full 5Rs Bible Study Journal and Guide.
It’s so important to not just read joy Bible verses about living with chronic illness but to study, understand and apply these Bible verses about joy to your everyday physical suffering.
I created the Joy Full 5Rs Bible Study Journal and Guide for this exact purpose–so that anyone (including busy women like you and I) can learn how to welcome real joy into our imperfect lives.
Joy Full 5Rs Bible Study™ Journal
Using the 5Rs Bible Study Method™ (Read, Rewrite, Restate, Relate, Respond), the Joy Full Bible Study Journal allows anyone to understand and apply biblical truth to their lives in under 10 minutes a day.
This awesome Bible study journal takes you on a journey through 30 Bible verses about joy so that you can finally discover how to have the joyful life that God desires for you!
Joy Full 5Rs Bible Study Guide
If you’d like additional insight on the joy scriptures from the Joy Full 5Rs Bible Study™ Journal, or you’d like to study Bible verses about joy as a group, the Joy Full 5Rs Bible Study™ Guide is a great fit!
As an accompaniment to the main Joy Full 5Rs Bible Study™ Journal, the Joy Full Guide includes in-depth questions, journaling prompts (plus even more Bible verses about happiness and joy!) so that you can welcome an even deeper understanding of everyday joy into your life.
Wonder what these joy Bible study resources look like (and if they will actually work for you)? Totally understand.
I hope that these Bible verses about joy have demonstrated that yes, it is possible to have authentic joy and peace through chronic illness even if God doesn’t grant physical healing.
I’m praying that these joy Bible resources encourage you toward authentic happiness as you learn to live joyfully (with God’s strength!) with chronic illness.
Other Posts About Discovering Joy Through Difficult Circumstances
- When Chronic Illness Invades Your Marriage
- Want More Happy? 20 Encouraging Bible Verses About Joy & Happiness
- 5 Truths About Biblical Joy That Will Change Your Life
- How Can We “Count It All Joy” During Life’s Most Difficult Trials?
- 4 Ways “Acceptance with Joy” Will Change Your Life Today
And don’t forget to download your free 3-day sample of the Joy Full 5Rs Bible Study™ Journal and Guide so that you can begin to uncover the richer, deeper truths of these Bible verses about joy!