Hidden Nuggets Series #103 – 35 Encouraging Bible Verses
Let’s face it…we’ve all had some dark times in life. Times when we felt like not going on. Times where we felt like all hope was lost. Times where we hurt. Times that didn’t make sense.
There is no question we need to be lifted up during those difficult times. But often we don’t know where to turn. Even those close to us like friends and family may not be able to help in the way we need.
Fortunately, there is One to whom we can always turn. God, through His words, has given us many encouraging Bible verses to which we can look and draw hope and comfort. They can inspire us even in the midst of life’s turmoil.
One of the best books to turn to for encouraging Bible verses is Psalms. King David wrote a good portion of that book and evidently he really needed some encouragement. He was routinely calling out to God to give him help, strength and joy in the midst of life’s trials.
Like this one from Psalm 84:11, which happens to be one of my favorites I wrote about,
“For the Lord God is a sun and a shield; the Lord will give grace and glory, no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
Being your light and your protector through the tough times is just a taste of what God has to offer you. There are many more encouraging Bible verses to lift you up. I offer a few of them to you now.
Encouraging Bible Verses
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” – Numbers 6:24-26
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
“The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” – Psalm 9:9
“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” – Psalm 16:11
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” – Psalm 27:1
“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.” – Psalm 43:5
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, through the mountains shake with its swelling.” – Psalm 46:1-3
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” – Psalm 55:22
“In my distress I cried to the Lord, and he heard me.” – Psalm 120:1
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.” – Psalm 121:1-3
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” – Proverbs 18:10
“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thought of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11
“Therefore do not worry, saying ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’…For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:31-33
Jesus said… “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
“But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.’” – Mark 10:27
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” – I Corinthians 1:3-4
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” – I Corinthians 10:13
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” – I Corinthians 15:58
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” – II Corinthians 4:16-18
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds though Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 4:19
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – I Timothy 1:7
“…be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’” – Hebrews 13:5
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” – James 1:2-5
“…casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” – I Peter 5:7
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” – Revelation 21:4
It’s my prayer those encouraging Bible verses give you hope, comfort and peace. Though the days may be dark God remains with us each step of the way. If you know someone who is hurting today, consider forwarding this article to them. It may make all the difference in the world to their outlook on life.
Questions for Discussion: What other encouraging Bible verses do you look to when life gets tough? How have you seen God pull you through a difficult time? What would you say to someone who is struggling with a personal issue?