We often take being healthy and strong for granted until we become ill and realize just how priceless health is. As Christians, when we get sick we need to look to God and ask him to heal up and make us well again.
In these 23 Bible verses about hope and healing, we learn how to patiently wait on God to heal us and lean on him for strength and encouragement when we are in pain.
Sicknesses and diseases are never pleasant and can even draw us further from God because we wonder how a loving God would allow this to happen to us and those we love.
But we need to remember that God has his ways and thoughts which are higher than ours. God used something as painful, excruciating, and devastating as Jesus on the cross to bring us the salvation we enjoy today.
We may not know why God allows us to go through sicknesses but we can trust in His goodness, faithfulness, and unfailing love. When we know God’s character, we can trust his ways and wait patiently for him to heal us.
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Why Turn to the Bible When We Need Hope and Healing?
When we need healing, we turn to the Bible because in it we find words of strength, comfort, and hope. God’s word can heal us from pain. Even doctors encourage their patients to think and speak positively to help them get better.
My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Proverbs 4:20-22 NLT
When you’re in pain and you read the Bible, you get encouragement that what you’re going through is temporary and that in God’s time, you will feel better again.
Reading God’s word grows our faith and helps us put our trust in God for healing to come. In it, we see examples of people Jesus Christ healed from those who were blind, lepers, the deaf, and more. Some of them had been born with the disease and suffered for many years.
The same Jesus Christ who healed those in the Bible can heal us today and that gives us hope and strength.
In the times when we’re sick, we can doubt God’s unfailing love and his presence. Reading the Bible reminds us that God’s love is unconditional and that he will never leave us nor forsake us especially when we’re weak.
Bible Verses for Hope and Healing
Jesus Christ’s purpose was to bring salvation by preaching the good news about God’s kingdom and also bring relief to the sick by restoring their health and strength. This shows us that God is the ultimate healer.
It’s so important to have faith in God’s power. Even when we don’t actually see anything changing, we can still believe that our healing will come.
Our heavenly father does everything using his own ways and in his own time. We submit to His word because we know He is faithful. He will never disappoint those who wait on him.
With that said, here are 23 great scriptures about hope and healing!
Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. Matthew 9:35 NLT
But when Jesus heard this, He said, “Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but [only] those who are sick. Matthew 9:12 AMP
Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. Romans 12:12 NLT
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. Proverbs 17:22 NLT
For God alone my soul waits in silence and quietly submits to Him, For my hope is from Him. Psalm 62:5 AMP
O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows. Psalm 130:7 ESV
Such hope [in God’s promises] never disappoints us, because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5 AMP
For in this hope we were saved [by faith]. But hope [the object of] which is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait eagerly for it with patience and composure. Romans 8:24-25 AMP
2 Corinthians 5:7
for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]—2 Corinthians 5:7 AMP
And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” Mark 5:34 ESV
Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word]; Hebrews 10:23 AMP
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31 ESV
This is my comfort in my affliction, That Your word has revived me and given me life. Psalm 119:50 AMP
1 Peter 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead 1 Peter 1:3 ESV
Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise. Jeremiah 17:14 ESV
Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security. Jeremiah 33:6 ESV
But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. Isaiah 53:5 NLT
The Lord nurses them when they are sick and restores them to health. Psalm 41:3 NLT
Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven. James 5:14-15 NLT
Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak. Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. Psalm 6:2 NLT
Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. Psalm 103:2-3 NLT
Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you restored my health. Psalm 30:2 NLT
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
For 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! 18 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. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NLT
These Bible verses about healing remind us that God has the power to heal us. He is the one who can restore our health again. So, we must pray to him when we’re sick and ask others in the church to pray for us as well.
We are encouraged to rejoice in the hope we have in God. But why would we rejoice when we’re in pain? Because a cheerful heart is a good medicine. Being down and complaining about pain all day can rob us of our strength. It makes us weaker and, at most times, sicker.
When our hope is in God, he will renew our strength physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Even when others tire we will not because we know the God we worship and serve. It’s wise to wait on the Lord patiently trusting him to heal us.
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In times of pain and affliction, it’s God’s word that revives us and gives us life. So we not only need to keep listening to sermons and worship songs that encourage us but to also have people around who speak Biblical truths to us. This will be a source of comfort when we’re in pain.
And make sure to pray for your health and the healing of anyone you know that is or struggling with a health condition.
If you’re not feeling well today or know someone who isn’t, reach out to the Bible for much-needed hope, strength, comfort, and healing.