Our family has had no shortage of hard times and struggles the last few years.
We've had the ups and downs of family life, health struggles for just about everyone in our family, and the hardship that goes along with watching as my dad fights his progressive form of Parkinson's Disease.
If we were going it alone, any of these things might have been enough to break us, but through it all we've had strong faith that God is working in our lives, that we can trust Him, and that His strength is enough.
Today I want to share some verses that I have found helpful over the past few years, that have bolstered my resolve and given me hope. I'm hoping that they can give you some encouragement as well.
Bible Verses About Overcoming Fear
One of hardest things to do as a Christian is to have faith that God is working, and to not be afraid of all the things that come our way. Here are some verses that talk about having confidence in God and trusting in His timing.
Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear. – Corrie Ten Boom
Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?
Isaiah 41:13 For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”
Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Psalm 121:1-2 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
Bible Verses About How God Is With Us In Our Suffering
God hasn't promised that we won't suffer in this life, but He has told us that he'll walk through our valleys with us. He'll be right by our side, and his grace will be enough.
James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
While other worldviews lead us to sit in the midst of life’s joys, foreseeing the coming sorrows, Christianity empowers its people to sit in the midst of this world’s sorrows, tasting the coming joy. – Tim Keller
Romans 8:17-18 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
James 1:12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Psalm 112: 1, 7-8 Praise the Lord! Happy are those who fear the Lord. They are not afraid of evil tidings; their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord. Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid.
2 Corinthians 12:9 My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Bible Verses About Relying On God's Strength
When we look to God he will give us the strength we need to carry through the dark times. Here are some verses speaking to his unwavering love for us, and how he will give us strength when we look to Him.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
His strength is perfect when our strength is gone. He’ll carry us when we can’t carry on. Raised in His power the weak become strong. His strength is perfect” ~ Jerry Salley & Steven Curtis Chapman
Psalm 16:8 I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Isaiah 40:29 He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Joshua 1:9 Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Deuteronomy 31:6,8 Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
Bible Verses About Overcoming And Rising Up
With God as our strength and our guiding light, we can overcome and rise above our hardships.
You will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. – Helen Keller
1 John 5:5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Romans 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
1 John 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Have your own favorite verses that have given you strength, courage, resolve or hope in the midst of struggle? Tell us what it is in the comments!
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