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Bible Verses About Trying Times

Some of the most inspirational Bible verses are about facing a trying time. These passages show us how to face hard times with strength, hope and comfort. When we face a trying time, these Bible verses for trials remind us that God will carry us through this difficult time. With God, everything is possible!

Bible Verses About Trying Times


“I don’t know where to turn,” you say. “I’m going through some rough waters.” Well, if you’re looking for a bit of encouragement, I think that the Bible has some good words for you. Let’s take a look!

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

It’s easy to focus on the negative, but we have to stop and remember that God is always with us. He gave us strength, encouragement, hope and peace when we needed it most.

He also gave us joy! And love! It’s okay to be upset about your situation—it’s even okay if you don’t know what’s next for you—but don’t let those things consume your thoughts. Focus on His goodness instead of your own circumstances.

James 1:2-4

James 1:2-4

Brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to everyone and never runs out.

Why are these verses important

God never intended for us to walk through life alone. God has always been about raising up a people who would support each other and bless those around them. Here we see what that looks like. These verses remind us of the importance of support and faithfulness, and to look for God’s provision in our relationships.

1 Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Saul, Israel’s first king, is an utter failure. God rejects him and sends his prophet Samuel to anoint the new king he has chosen. Samuel is to go to Bethlehem and invite a man named Jesse to the sacrifice. When Samuel sees Jesse’s strapping oldest son, Eliab, he thinks he’s found God’s anointed. But God tells him otherwise.

Why are these verses inspirational?
We spend our whole lives judging the world by appearances and having others judge us the same way. And if we’re honest, we tend to judge ourselves by appearance, too. It’s inspiring to remember that God doesn’t see things the way that we do. He sees beyond the obvious and encourages us to do the same.

2 Samuel 7:22
“How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.”

Through the prophet Nathan, God reminds David that he’s taken him from the pasture and appointed him as ruler over Israel. He also informs him that David’s name will be great and the throne of his kingdom will endure forever. This verse comes from David’s prayerful response.

Why is this verse inspirational?
In a world full of idols, David reminds us that there is no God like the God of Israel. In light of the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus, we know that to be true in a way that even David couldn’t fathom. This world offers us plenty to worship, but nothing compares to the one true God.

1 Kings 8:22–24
Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the whole assembly of Israel, spread out his hands toward heaven and said: “Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way. You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it—as it is today.

Solomon brings the Ark of the Covenant into the completed temple. This is a momentous occasion because the Ark represents God’s presence which will dwell in this holy place. Solomon then begins giving this dedication.

Why are these verses inspirational?
Throughout the Old Testament, the Israelites are constantly reminded of what God has done for them and the promises he has kept. This builds up their faith and encourages future faithfulness. These verses (and verses like them) are a reminder to us that our relationship with God began centuries ago with the Israelites. His faithfulness to them is part of the story of his devotion to us.

2 Kings 22:19
Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people—that they would become a curse and be laid waste—and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I also have heard you, declares the Lord.

Josiah becomes king at eight years old, but unlike his dad and grandfather, he’s a good ruler. During the eighteenth year of his reign, he instructs repairs be made to the temple. When a book of the Law is found and read to Josiah, it becomes obvious just how far Israel has strayed from God. In anguish, Josiah tears his clothes.

In a discussion with a prophetess named Huldah, Josiah is told that God intends to visit his wrath upon Israel for its sins, but then he promises mercy to Josiah because he has humbled himself before the Lord

Why is this verse inspirational?
The mercy Josiah experiences is in response to his distress at how far Israel has fallen from God. Josiah doesn’t call down curses on Israel, but as a part of God’s people, he hurts for how far from God the nation has fallen. God pays attention to us as we express heartache for how far we have drifted from him.

1 Chronicles 22:13
Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.

As the preparation is being made for the building of the temple, David calls his son and successor, Solomon, to his side to remind him of the importance of faithfulness.
Why is this verse inspirational?

Throughout Scripture, two of the messages that people receive most often are “be faithful” and “don’t be afraid.” Here we see these instructions again. The verse reminds us that if we are doing our best to be faithful to God, we have nothing to fear.

Isaiah 41:10,13

The Lord is with you; he will aid you and your troops, both strong and weak. It is he who will help you. The Lord will make your enemies bow before you; they will come out against you one at a time. No one can stand against the might of God. He shall send forth his angels to protect you from all evil on every side. They shall surround thee to guard thee in every way. With their wings spread out over thy head, they shall be as the shade of an umbrella over thee for protection from all harm!

Romans 5:3-5

“We can be confident that God will not leave us, for he is faithful. We can be confident that he will not abandon us, for he is just. If we have suffered with Christ, we will also share in his glory.”

  • Romans 5:3-5

Psalm 46:1

Psalm 46:1 is a great verse to keep in mind during trying times. The psalmist writes that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging (Psalm 46:2).

Even if your world seems to be crumbling around you, remember that God’s love is greater than any problem you may face.

Proverbs 3:5-6

You can trust God with all your heart. When you lean on him, he will make sure that your paths are straight.

Philippians 4:12-14

This verse is a great place to start if you’re struggling with worry. It reminds us that God’s will is for us to be happy (v12), and since he knows what we need, he will supply all of our needs (v12).

It also reminds us that God is with us in our trials (v13). We can trust him as they happen because he’ll help us persevere through them!

Psalm 34:17-18

“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? When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple. For He will hide me in His shelter in [the] day of trouble; He will conceal me under [the] cover[ing] shadows of His wings until [the] storm passes by” (Psalm 27:1-4).

1 Peter 5:7

You are not alone in your struggles, and God is with you. The Bible says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

God is faithful! He will never forsake us or abandon us in our times of need, because He has promised to give us strength in the midst of trying circumstances.

As a shield to guard against danger and as refuge from harm, God will always protect those who trust Him (Psalm 18:30).

God is always with us in trials.

The Bible is full of verses about God being with us in the difficult times. Here are some examples:

  • “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)
  • “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.” (Psalm 34:7)
  • “Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)
  • “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to God, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.’ Surely he will save you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”(Psalm 91:1-4)


God’s word is a great source of comfort and hope during hard times, and there are many verses that can give you strength to face them. While it may not always be easy to get through tough situations, remembering that God is with us all the time can help us cope when things seem hopeless.

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