Life is not always easy, and holding on to our faith in hard times can be challenging.
Hard times are common to us all, not one of us can escape the ups and downs of life.
Knowing this though doesn’t make it any easier when we are going through them.
Whether its health problems, family or relationship problems, financial problems, or something else, going through hard times can often leave us feeling alone and isolated.
But we are never alone. God promises us in His Word that He will never leave us or abandon us (Deuteronomy 31:6).
God’s Word even tells us that we will have problems (John 16:33), it’s part of living in a fallen world, but with this God assures us that He will also provide us with a way through them (1 Corinthians 10:13).
As believers we can find strength and comfort in our relationship with God and through His Word, knowing that He is with us no matter what we are going through.
The following verses have been an encouragement to me as I go through hard times, and I hope, that as you read through them and reflect on them, that you will find strength and encouragement in them also.
Strength and dignity are her clothing. She laughs at the time to come.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, and flame will not scorch you.
Yahweh’s name is a strong tower: the righteous run to him, and are safe.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which will be revealed toward us.
Commit your way to Yahweh. Trust also in him, and he will do this:
In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your worries on him, because he cares for you.
He will cover you with his feathers. Under his wings you will take refuge. His faithfulness is your shield and rampart.
For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from God’s love which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
Haven’t I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid. Don’t be dismayed, for Yahweh your God is with you wherever you go.”
Don’t you be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,” says Yahweh, “thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope and a future.
Be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid or scared of them; for Yahweh your God himself is who goes with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you.”
I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble; but cheer up! I have overcome the world.”
May you know God’s peace that passes all understanding, His great strength, and His never ending unconditional love as you walk the ups and the downs of life’s journey with Him.