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Encouraging Bible Verses During Hard Times

Do you feel you have had enough of this life, you don't want to live it anymore? Have you lost hope of ever getting out of a bad or hurting situation, or achieving your goals or dreams? Does it seem God has forgotten about you? That God doesn't want anything to do with you?

Are you on the verge of giving up on your faith in God? You feel as if God doesn't care what you're going through. Because if He does, He would have listened to your prayers entreating Him to help you, or deliver you from a problem or painful situation you're experiencing.

Sufferings can cause us to doubt God's attributes, or who He is, as stated in the Bible It can cause us to question God's unfailing love. It can cause us to arrive at the conclusion God doesn't care about His creation.

But, is that true? Not in the least. The following Bible verses should act as a reminder that God's attributes, and His Word, never change. He is the same yesterday, today, and ever more. May the following verses fill you with hope, and strengthen your faith in God. May they always remind you that God loves you, and cares about every detail of your life.

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1. God's Unfailing Love

You might feel God doesn't love you, doesn't care what you're going through, or isn't concerned about the details of your life. If you're feeling God's love is far removed from you, always meditate on the following Bible verses that'll remind you of God's steadfast love - unfailing love.

Israel, have nothing to do with idols. I, the LORD, am the one who answers your prayers and watches over [cares for] you. ~ Hosea 14:8 (EXB)

For God so loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16 (TLB)

The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. ~ Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT)

Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you. ~ (Psalms 63:3)

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow - not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below - indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)

And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. ~ Ephesians 3:18-19 (NLT)

May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ. ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:5



2. God's Strength

When you feel you can endure anymore. When you feel your strength is waning. When you feel your hope is dimmining. When you feel there's nothing to look forward to. Remember, God is our strength. It is He who strengthens us so that we can endure to the end. He is the one who strengthens us so that we can stand firm in times of adversity. He is the one who strengthens us so that we don't lose our salvation. He is the one who strengthens us to stand firm against any attack of the enemy - evil forces, and humans who are conspiring against us.

This was Apostle Paul's prayer to the Christians in the city of Colosse, "...We are praying, too, that you will be filled with his mighty, glorious strength so that you can keep going no matter what happens - always full of the joy of the Lord..." (Colossians 1:11 TLB).

God is our refuge and strength, a tested help in times of trouble. ~ (Psalms 46:1)

Last of all I want to remind you that your strength must come from the Lord's mighty power within you. - (Ephesians 6:10 TLB)

But the people who trust [hope in; wait on] the LORD will become strong again. They will rise up as an eagle in the sky [with wings like eagles]; they will run and not need rest [grow weary]; they will walk and not feel tired [faint]. ~ Isaiah 40:31 (EXB)

A person's steps are established by the LORD, and he takes pleasure in his way. Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, because the LORD supports him with his hand. ~ Psalms 37:24 (CSB)

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3. Depend On Him

Sometimes we might know why we're going through a certain hardship. At times we might know. It might be an attack from the enemy, or humans who are against us. When we don't know why we are facing a difficulty, we should ask God. God might respond with the reason(s), or not at all. If He doesn't, we shouldn't lose heart. There is a reason why He hasn't responded. Maybe, He will respond at a later time. Or, in His great wisdom, He has deem it right not to reveal the reason(s).

When we don't know why we're facing a difficult time, we should leave it to the Lord; knowing full well He will walk us through it, and over it.

The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe. ~ Proverbs 18:10

I cried out, "I am slipping!" but your unfailing love, O LORD, supported me. ~ Psalms 94:18 (NLT)

In my distress I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered me and set me free. ~ Psalms 118:5

But you are a tower of refuge to the poor, O LORD, a tower of refuge to the needy in distress. ~ Isaiah 25:14

LORD, you are my strength and fortress, my refuge in the day of trouble! Nations from around the world will come to you and say, "Our ancestors left us a foolish heritage, for they worshipped worthless idols. ~ Jeremiah 16: 19

The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for him, to those who seek for him. ~ Lamentations 3:25 (TLB)

4. Trust Him

You can't depend on someone if you don't trust that person. Trusting God means waiting on God; holding firmly to Him; never letting Him out of our sight. It means focussing our eyes on Him no matter what we're going through because we believe He will take us through hardships, and bring us out of them victorious. It means that even if we don't know why we're facing a certain hardship, He will provide a way to get out of it.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines trust as "assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something."

In accordance with the definition of trust by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, trusting God is having total confidence in Him (to help us, recue us, heal our emotional wounds and restore our physical and mental health, provide a way, answer our prayers, and so on) based on His character (as revealed in His Word), ability (to help us), strength (not to waiver or give up), and His truth (what His Word says).

Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. ~ John 14:1 (NLT)

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. ~ James 1:6 (ESV)

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, who trusts in the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit. ~ Jeremiah 17:7-8 (ESV)

Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! ~ Psalms 27:14 (ESV)

The LORD is my strength and shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. ~ Psalms 28:7 (ESV)

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. ~ 1 John 5:14 (ESV)

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. ~ Hebrews 11:6 (ESV)

The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for him, to those who seek for him. ~ Lamentations 3:25 (TLB)

5. Ask for His Peace

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines peace as "freedom from disquieting thoughts or emotions."

When faced with hardships, or going through a difficult time, we lose the much-need peace to still or calm our thoughts and unpleasant/negative feelings. We worry, are afraid, and stressed. In turn, the distressing thoughts, or lack of peace, affects every other aspects of our lives, including our physical health.

We should remember God is a God of Peace. And the peace that comes from God is not the peace offered by the world. The peace of God is calming, and assuring. And it is lasting.

May you be given more and more of God's kindness, peace and love. ~ Jude 1:2 (TLB)

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. ~ Romans 15:13 (NLT)

Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:7 (NLT)

Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. ~ John 14:27 (NLT)

Now may the Lord of Peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all. ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NLT)

6. Ask for His Comfort defines to comfort as "to lessen the sadness or sorrow of someone and to strengthen by inspiring with hope and restoring a cheerful outlook..."

Our God is a God of Hope. When in distress, or going through a difficult time, we can rely on God to comfort us. And when He comforts us, we're filled with His Peace. And when His Peace reigns on our mind and heart, we are strengthened. And when we are strengthened, we stand firm in our faith in Him. And it's through our trust in Him, we can endure hardships.

Sometimes, it's the Lord who causes us grief. It might be He used a painful situation to discipline us as a means of correcting us, and getting us back on the right path. At times, He allows us to face hardships for reasons not indicated in the Bible. We can ask Him, and He might reveal the reasons why, or not respond but for a good reason.

Not only will He comfort us during a painful situation, but will also heal the wounds inflicted by a painful event or an unpleasant situation we're facing.

If you're hurting, ask God to bandage your emotional wounds, and heal you. Ask Him to show you the right means to use to heal and recover from the painful situation you are going through.

Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion because of the greatness of his unfailing love. ~ Lamentations 3:32 (NLT)

Praise be to (Blessed is/be) the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father who is full of mercy [compassion] and all comfort [encouragement]. He comforts [encourages] us every time we have [in all our] troubles [trials; tribulation], so when others have trouble [any trials/tribulation], we can comfort [encourage] them with the same comfort [encouragement] God gives us. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (EXB)

God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. ~ (Mathew 5:4)

Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces; now he will heal us. He has injured us; now he will bandage our wounds. ~ Hosea 6:1 (NLT)

He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. ~ Psalms 147:3 (NLT)

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. ~ 3 John 1:2 (ESV)

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. ~ Mark 11:24 (ESV)

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