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Justin Bieber: “This storm will pass…Jesus is with me”

Doug Bender

June 14, 2022 | 2 minute read

You may have seen in the news that Justin Bieber has been suffering from partial facial paralysis. The 28-year-old singer has canceled a number of shows recently due to his ongoing medical situation, including most recently an appearance at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Last week he revealed a rare viral infection has caused what is called Ramsay Hunt syndrome. He has assured fans that he is expecting a full recovery. 

But anyone who has suffered a scary medical condition – especially such a visible condition as this – knows there is an emotional and psychological toll that these things can take as well. And it was on this topic that he has now opened up about on his Instagram Story.

“Each day has gotten better and through all of the discomfort,I have found comfort in the one who designed me and knows me. I’m reminded he knows all of me. He knows the darkest parts of me that I want no one to know about and he constantly welcomes me into his loving arms. This perspective has given me peace during this horrific storm that I’m facing. I know this storm will pass but in the meantime, JESUS IS WITH ME.”

I don’t know if you are in the middle of a storm right now, but, if you are, Bieber has pointed out a few “lighthouse” truths – truths that will keep you from crashing into the rocks during a storm. Keep your eyes on these and you will make it through! 

There Is Comfort in the Creator: Sometimes the scariest thing about pain or discomfort is wondering if it’ll ever go away. But Bieber reminds us that there is someone “who designed me and knows me.” And as long as we can hold onto that belief for ourselves, fear melts into comfort.

There Is Acceptance in God’s Arms: Beiber has opened up in the past about his mental health struggles and the pressures he faced growing up as a childhood star. But through these struggles, he learned that God knows “the darkest parts of me …and he constantly welcomes me into his loving arms.” This experience continues to inform him even as he now faces this new battle.

Jesus Is Here: It’s not always about what you know, but about who you know. In this case, it is about knowing Jesus. Beiber may not know what exactly is going on with his health, how long it will continue or what the recovery will look like (though he seems optimistic), he is sure of one thing: “JESUS IS WITH ME.” 

I don’t know what you are struggling with today, but whatever you are facing, these same simple truths can surely go a long way to giving your life some much-needed peace.

Doug Bender

Doug Bender

Doug Bender is an I Am Second writer and small groups coach. He developed many of the small group tools found at and has coached churches, organizations, and individuals to use I Am Second groups to share the message of Jesus with their friends and family. He also works with I Am Second's parent organization, e3 Partners, as a church planter and pastor in countries such as Ethiopia, Colombia, and the US. Doug and his wife, Catherine, have four children: Bethany, Samuel, Isabella, and Jesse.

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