The Bible is filled with countless encouraging verses that can strengthen and comfort you no matter what you’re facing in life. These 10 verses I picked out have strengthened me several times when I’ve been discouraged with a chronic illness as a Christian.
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10 Verses for Teens Who Struggle with Chronic Illness

This is a guest blog from Abigail Brown at Abiding with Joy in Christ.

The Bible is filled with countless encouraging verses that can strengthen and comfort you no matter what you’re facing in life.

These 10 verses I picked out have strengthened me several times when I’ve been discouraged You might be familiar with some of the verses and others not as much.

I hope these 10 verses will be something you can cling to as you’re going through depression or facing other circumstances.

Related: 5 Christian Ways to Fight Depression When You Have a Chronic Illness

2 Corinthians 1:3

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

This verse I skimmed over for years when I read my Bible. But a few years ago, I read it and it just stood out to me.

The end of the verse stood out to me the most, “and the God of all comfort.” God is the God of ALL comfort. Not just certain comfort but all comfort.

Paul goes on to the next verse and tells us that if we’re going through a trial we can comfort those who may be going through similar trials.  Others can be encouraged by how you live your life and it will help them to go through their trials.

Isaiah 41:10

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

I remember I had to memorize this verse for school. I memorized it and then went on to the next verse I was supposed to memorize. I didn’t think about what the verse meant until I got older. I came across it in a devotional book and at the time I was going through some difficulties. It infused me with the strength I needed that day.

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Psalm 42:5

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

These verses from Psalms have been an encouragement to me countless times while living with dystonia. They remind me how much I need the Lord’s help moment by moment. There are several deep questions David desires to comprehend. He cries out in some Psalms and other times talks to himself, like Psalm 42:5.

I love how transparent David is with God. It shows me I can also be real with the Lord. He wants us to tell Him what we’re going through.

Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

When I’m going through a discouraging time I’m not always prone to look at the positive things.

In fact, I turn the opposite direction and focus on what I can’t do or haven’t achieved in my life. David starts Psalm 28 crying out to the Lord and by the end, he’s speaking truth to himself. When I read this verse I realize I have so much for which to give God the praise He deserves.

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Psalm 73:25

Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

Psalm 73:28

But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.

I love Psalm 73 because Asaph is going through something he doesn’t understand. I can relate.  I’ve gone through things in my life I didn’t and still don’t understand. Verse 25 is where he realizes that he can’t do anything without the Lord. I know at times I think I’ve got this situation under control but really that’s my pride speaking.

I need to humble my heart and say like Asaph did, “Whom have I in heaven but thee?” Yes, I have family and friends but they won’t always be around. That’s why, whether I’m going through a trial or not, “It is good for me to draw near to God.” I would encourage you to read the whole Psalm.

Luke 1:37

For with God nothing shall be impossible.

This verse can get looked over sometimes while reading about the birth of Christ. At times, I even forget that Mary was a teenager when she heard the news that she was pregnant with Jesus. I’m sure these words were a comfort to her as reality set in.

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When my life seems impossible and I don’t know how anyone can fix a certain situation, I’m reminded of this declaration. Let’s surrender our lives into His loving hands, believing He has everything—small and big—under control.

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

It’s difficult to think right when I’m going through a discouraging time. But when I list what I’m grateful for it helps me to have a better outlook on life.

Staying grateful isn’t always what I tend to do when I’m discouraged. I complain instead. I sometimes think I have the right to complain about my life; it’s horrible compared to others. Hello, I literally have to type everything out I want to say. Believe me, it gets tiring. But when I finish having a pity party, I know I have so many things to be thankful for in my life. What are you thankful for?

1 Peter 5:7

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

This verse reminds me that I can come to the Lord at any time and cast my cares upon Him. We must remember God knows God sees, and God cares. What burdens do you need to cast upon God?

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2 Corinthians 12:9

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

This last verse has been such an encouragement in my life. This verse comes after Paul asks God three times to take the thorn in the flesh away. God answers, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

I love that no matter what situation I go through God’s Grace will be sufficient. I’m inspired by Paul’s response, “Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities.” What a great attitude change Paul made. He embraced his weakness and gave God the glory. I know I don’t give God the glory first thing, when I am in a situation I don’t think I should be in.

It took years for me to be content with the life God has allowed me to live. I still struggle with it at times. But I’m so thankful for His all-sufficient Grace.

I can’t imagine what you’re going through right now but I hope these 10 verses were a comfort to you.

The Bible is filled with countless encouraging verses that can strengthen and comfort you no matter what you’re facing in life. These 10 verses I picked out have strengthened me several times when I’ve been discouraged with a chronic illness as a Christian.

One Comment

  • Kellye Bullock

    All of these verses speak to me, even as an adult with chronic illness. I love II Corinthians 1:3-4 and have always had this interpretation of it. However, I was meditating on it about a year or so ago after a tradgedy in my extended family. I had not been through what my neice was going through so I didn’t think I could minister to her. I open my Bible to this passage to pray for her that the Holy Spirit would send someone who had been through her affliction to minister to her. It actually says: “3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are IN ANY KIND of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (CSB; emphasis mine) Like the author says, I’ve read it many times and this was illuminated at the time that I needed it! I can testify that I’ve been afflicted and the Father comforted me, He can do the same for you!

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