The Christian life isn’t always sunshine and daisies. In fact, more often than not, it’s trials, pain, and hardships, which make Bible verses about faith so much more important to cling to. There are mountains and valleys, and sometimes life is just way too much to bear.
My husband got a text on Monday night just as we were climbing into bed. It was about 11 p.m. and all it said was “Pray big, Andy needs a miracle.”
It turns out that a man who goes to our church—an incredible leader in the Christian faith, and a father and husband—was out running in his neighborhood when a drunk driver hit him, then fled the scene. Neighbors nearby heard the impact and raced to call 9-1-1. Andy was brought to the hospital with a brain bleed, a shattered eye socket, two broken vertebrae, and a totally obliterated leg.
He was put into a medically induced coma while doctors work to repair what they can.
But in the days since, you can bet your life on the fact that Andy’s family has turned to God’s word. The uphill battle they face, the unknown that is still to come, and the recovery that will soon begin is so much more than any human could possibly handle on their own. But in the same breath, our God is SO much greater than anything we will face here on earth.
Maybe today you’re feeling buried by the trials and brokenness of your circumstance. Maybe you’re feeling defeated, like God has forgotten about you. Hear me when I say, He has not.
I don’t know why God allows bad things to happen to good people, but I do know two things:
1. God’s heart is breaking right along with yours. He hurts WITH you, and he knows your pain.
2. No matter what pain comes against you in this world, God has already redeemed it. There IS beauty in the unknown, even when the unknown feels like your world is crashing down around you.
Turn to the God of all comfort. Turn to the One who provides peace that passes all understanding.
May these 12 Bible verses about faith in hard times be the Truth that you cling to today.
1. Isaiah 41:10
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
2. Psalm 34:18
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
3. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
4. Deuteronomy 31:6
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
5. 1 Peter 4-12-13
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”
6. Isaiah 40:31
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.
7. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
8. Psalm 145: 18-19
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.
9. John 16:33
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
10. Hebrews 12:1-3
“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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
11. Psalm 9:9-10
“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”
12. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.”
Whether you find yourself in the depths of a valley or atop a mountain in this cycle of life today, may these bible verses about faith in hard times be what you need to be lifted up!