Bible Verses for Hard Times: 21 Uplifting Scriptures

by Pamela Rose Williams on January 13, 2012 · Print Print · Email Email

Life is full of twists and turns and sometimes we fall upon hard times. No matter what the circumstance we can rest in the fact that God is always faithful. He will hold us in the hollow of His hand and when we ask, He will help us through the hard times. If you are struggling today, or you know someone who is in hard times, I hope that these 21 uplifting Scriptures will be a blessing.

Featured Verse: Psalms 119:67-68 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word. You are good and do good; teach me your statutes

Cry Out To Jesus

Psalms 3:4 I cried aloud to the LORD,  and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah

Psalm 34:17 When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.

Psalms 50:15 …call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him,  and he will make straight your paths.

Isaiah 55:6 Seek the LORD while he may be found;  call upon him while he is near

Keep Your Head High and Sing Praises

Psalms 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,  my salvation

Psalms 66:17-20 I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!

Psalms 146:5-6 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, who made heaven and earth,  the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever

Acts 16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them

Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Blessings & Deliverance On the Way

2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 1:10 He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.

Colossians 1:13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son

Hebrews 6:19-20 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

James 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

On the Other Side of the Hard Trial

James 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Psalms 119:71-72 It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes. The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

Psalms 119:75-76 I know, O LORD, that your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me. Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant.

Romans 5:2-5 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

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The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

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Daren Lewis April 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Working on being honest thanks for the encouragement

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Sebastian Bishop June 4, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Hello, I just finished my Junior year at Heritage Christian Academy. I also just finished taking a Bible class that studied the book of Romans. I originally came here to find a verse for a friend of mine who is strugling with trials in his life and found plenty of verses to help him out. However, I found that you put Romans 8:28 as one of the 21 verses. My bible teacher (who is one of the most godly guys I know) said that you should never quote Romans 8:28 without quoting verse 29 with it. He says that when people view that verse without looking at verse 29 with it, they get their own deffinition of “good” when this verse is talking about God’s deffinition of good. As we all know, our deffinition of good is self-centered and sinful, while God’s deffinition of good is pure and will benifit everyone. So out of the most highest respect, I recomend that you should add Romans 8:29 to Romans 8:28, so people won’t exept what they want out of God, but what God wants out of them.

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Mukudzei Mlambo June 11, 2012 at 10:46 am

thank youuuuuu very much..i wish i had thhought of this earlier..didnt know ….Thank yuo again..may the grace of the Most High be with you!!!!!

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Gabriel.c. Ede June 21, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Thanks be to almighy God for given me his grace to become a part of those sharing these wonderful life lifting verses.papa in his throne shall empower u more and most each new day,Amen!!!

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Zak July 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I can’t thank you enough for these versus. I have been trying very hard to get off the path of drinking and all that comes along with the repercussions of driving while under the influence. As it is my fault and take full responsibility for what I have done I still need the comfort of the Lord. Again, thank you for these versus.

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ashlee January 17, 2013 at 5:07 am

I have battled with alcoholism and all of the bad things that come along with it for over twenty years. I went to A.A. when I was 17 years old and stayed sober (meaning not one drop of alcohol) long enough to get my six month chip. My friends convinced me that I wasn’t an alcoholic and we were just having a “good time” when we went out drinking.

Well, I am 39 years old and I was recently diagnosed with stage four cirrhosis of the liver. Stage four is the final stage and it isn’t very fun. The only thing left at this point from a medical stand point is a liver transplant, but I have no medical insurance and I don’t see a liver transplant in my future.

However, my last drink was 11/02/2012 and I have been attending Celebrate Recovery (you can have difficulty with any aspect of your life in this program… I would strongly suggest looking it up and learning more about it) regularly. Anyone reading this who has not heard of CR is strongly encouraged to read a little about it. It has helped SO MANY people. It is for ANYONE with almost any type of hurt, hang-up or habit. Rick Warren (Purpose Driven Life) was one of the founders of CR.

I could go on about what a wonderful recovery program it is, but I just wanted to share on here. Stop drinking now and save yourself lots of heartache. 22 years went by very quickly and now they say I don’t have much time left. However, I choose to have faith in His word and I will do my best to do what the doctor’s tell me, but they cannot put an expiration date on me. God planned my birth and death long before my mother gave birth to me and I choose to focus on Him. My death may not have anything to do with my liver and I am going to be happy in getting to know Him better and living for Him. God Bless!!

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ashlee January 17, 2013 at 5:10 am

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”

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Jem June 1, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Amen Ashlee, absolutely

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mark December 30, 2013 at 1:14 am

May god be with you, I know that each day will become harder and harder, but keep your faith strong through this time, for when we are weakest the devil will try to take hold but keep steadfast in your journey with and for the lord. If you ever need to talk, you can talk to god, me, your family, or even a complete stranger and I guarantee if you do this in your time/s of need then you will always be comforted. Stay strong, keep praying, and know you are always loved and are never alone.

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Pamela Rose Williams January 17, 2013 at 8:53 am

AMEN ashlee — I love how you said // Stop drinking now and save yourself lots of heartache. // I am so happy that you are living your life for the Lord now. And you are absolutley correct that God planned your birth and He knows you death too, which may have nothing to do whatsoever with your liver. Thanks so much for sharing your testimony here dear. You are in y prayers.

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Daniella June 17, 2013 at 12:29 am

God is a God of miracle. Believe that God has healed you. God is a good God, he keep his promises. Be strong and hold on to God’s promises. Note that by his stripes we are healed.

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lorna July 15, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Thank you very much for your uplifting verses from the bible please be sending. On my e-mail

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Nicole July 19, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Thank you for these beautiful uplifting words. I am going threw a really bad divorce and have recently rededicated my life to the lord. My Aunt sent me this link to keep my heart and head with Jesus our lord savor. I need all the uplifting I can get right now. God bless you and thank you again.

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Patricia July 25, 2012 at 7:36 am

You are a blessing! Thank you !

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Pamela July 31, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I am going through an emotional state right now I’ve been without a job almost a year, I’ve been cleaning houses to make money. I know god is going to open a door for me and I know it will be the right door at the right time. Please keep me in your prayers that I can stand strong and my faith be even stronger. God bless you all.

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Crystal July 13, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Pamela keep your head up. I was unemployed for 2 years!!! I was on unemployment but I was persistently looking for work. I got so down, and about 2 weeks before my unemployment ended. I landed a job and was never without money. God is able. And he has the perfect job for you. Once I got mine, I realized it was all timing. (: Praying for you. God Bless.

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Bongiwe August 10, 2012 at 11:19 am

Thank you very very much you up lifted my spirit

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balimba October 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

thanks the almighty GOD for giving this apportinity of sharing your word.

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Nwaneri Pelagius Nnadozie January 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I love your wonderful verses. It’s really inspirational. God bless you.I wish you could send more through my email box. Thanks

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Pamela Rose Williams January 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Hello Nwaneri Pelagius Nnadozie, These are God’s wonderful verses and I too am thankful. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comment. You can subscribe to our daily feed here: http://feeds.feedburner.com/whatchristianswanttoknow.

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Amanda February 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Thank you for putting these verses on here, I just found out that my husband has been cheating on me, and has been for a while, we just got married and he was cheating on me during this time. I also, with knowing all this stress failed my nursing boards and felt as if life could not get ANY worse. I’m feeling angry and bitter and a good friend told me to look to the Lord and to read bible versus that directly relate to tough times. Reading these makes me have faith once again, and that things will get better.

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Pamela Rose Williams February 11, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Hi Amanda, I am so sorry to hear your news but very encouraged that your faith is renewed from reading God’s word. Forgiveness is possible and God is still on the throne! I will pray that your marriage is restored and that you and your husband will soon put this behind you. In the meantime, keep in God’s word and believe that He has all the answers. Prayers going up from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Here are a couple other articles that might lift you up:
http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/20-uplifting-bible-verses-for-times-of-adversity/

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/20-encouraging-bible-verses-for-the-brokenhearted/

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/10-cool-bible-verses-for-a-bad-day/

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Rebecca March 9, 2013 at 10:02 am

I worked for a local hospital for 8 years, the other25 years in the medical field. A year ago I had to have a back fusion d/t osteoporosis, arthritis and deterioration of the vertebra and discs. I have been told by many doctors that I cannot work again. I have lived for a year and a half with NO income. Only the little genereations here and there have kept me off the street. I am a preachers kid, so I grew up in the HolyBible. I believe every word. I am just haveing a hard time understanding why it seems to feel like I am being abandoned. I know I am not, but, being honest, sometimes, I feel very alone in my future in this world. I have no resources except my faith. But my bills keep mounting up, and in a month or two I will be homeless with a “unconfirmed” disability. Any advice or help. I have no family but a sister who lives far away.

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Delkasha Harris March 23, 2013 at 10:56 pm

I hope that these words find you in good sprite.I say to you if you ask for help, help will be given to you. Just hold on the Lord will see you through all this. If you have a sister and you have never reached out to her, now is the time to reach out for help. Sometimes we have not because we asks not.But please put God first in all things and he will lead your way to all the greatness in life.

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cynthia March 14, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I am in a failing business with a miserable partner. She makes everyday unbearable (mostly to me but also to our loyal employees). I am putting all my faith in God to guide me to what I need to do. I know he will direct me in the path. I am having a difficult time seeing the path. I ask all to pray for me. I am ok if I have to close the business…if this is Gods will.
Thank you for the scripture. I am new to website. I will be back.

PS>>>I also needed to read some of the comments to remind me that my situation isn’t the end of all things for me.

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Bongani-Mokoena March 21, 2013 at 8:12 am

For the Lord Jesus Christ died for I am breathing at the moment. Bless and Glorify his Holy name eveyday. Thank You father for his annointing,Amen!!!!God bless you in Jesus name Amen.

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Bongani-Mokoena March 21, 2013 at 8:21 am

Gauteng Young Communicators Winning Speech by Bongani Mokoena from Riverside High School……….I found this speaking talent in me which God placed and said here is you’re talent!Amen……greetings to the adjudicators,madame contest and the house at large.My name is Bongani Gavin mokoena a student from Riverside High School and I will be announcing my speech praise Jesus Lord………..continue reading.

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Bongani-Mokoena March 21, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I’d like to dedicate my life time speech to my parents and family. If it wasn’t for them,I would have not made it here said Bongani Mokoena from Riverside high school and the proud coach Mrs Mathebula. Its greet seeing such wonders of Bongani being the next Millicent Katsane…..

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Jamall March 26, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Thank you Pamela for the scriptures. God is awese.

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bantei April 7, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Dear pamela,
I really need ur help, there a lots of things whch is troubling me i dont exactly knw wat to do but to pray… I have mess up my life so much but i need forgiveness. I coudnt find any solution i need ur help in this want to share and want to knw exactly wat to do. Sometimes i feel there is no forgiveness my girlfriend tells me that being with u is a sin.. I really need help
i am from India but really think u can help me kindly reply

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Jamall April 12, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Praise God for this. I know that God will alqays take care of me. There is nothing too hard for God. Thank you for this. Wow

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Duncan April 29, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I am going through financial difficulties , and the scripture that I found on your site . Man it uplifted me and gave me the strength to push through. And in the name of Jesus Christ I will have a breakthrough .

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Pamela Rose Williams April 29, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Hello Duncan … I just want to shout HALLELUJAH! Because God brought you here at just the right time. I will lift you in prayer my friend.

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uriah May 23, 2013 at 2:41 pm

i thank the lord for giving me a wonder ful teacher her name is Ms.Felio she is the greatest teacher i ever meat in my hole life
” oh yeah why not belive in god isn’t he the one who made you so if you belive in the devil i’m warning you he will only lead you through the wrong and he will destroy you whole life

thank’s
love uriah

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Karena June 9, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Thank God for this site! I am definitely going through some difficult times and always seeking scriptures that will keep me motivated and in faith. Thank you for taking the time to post such wonderful work.

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Caro July 29, 2013 at 8:56 am

Great scriptures! We have to be fed by them and fill our mind with the living word and cast out depression and fear (which I am having a hard time with).
There’s a site called easewave.com where each day one uplifting scripture comes up. There’s a app of it too. Great to get the truth in your head in every day life.

blessings

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Raheel August 7, 2013 at 1:49 am

Thank you very much for sharing such beautiful verses from the bible. I am from Pakistan and going through some really difficult days of my life but me and my wife are continuously praying to God for better times.These hard times have also brought a positive change in our lives. Now both of us sit for our family prayer daily and surrender ourselves to God.

Please keep us in your prayers so that our hard times can be shortened and God shows us his Grace and Blessings.

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red January 13, 2014 at 9:44 pm

I have been going through some hard times, I kindly and humbly ask for you to pray for me. I have a degree but can’t seem to pass the state certification test, this weekend will be my seventh time. I have become desperate, I’ve prayed and cried hoping to pass for two years. Please pray for me I’m at the end of my ropes.

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Brian Hasselman March 10, 2014 at 3:39 am

Hebrews 4 15-16 says “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, but without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Grace is God giving us good things we don’t deserve, mercy is Him keeping from us the bad consequences we do deserve. Please be encouraged, I have done stupid things that could have gotten me into a lot of trouble, but Jesus’s grace and mercy were bigger than my troubles. Thats not to say we should purposely sin, but He loves us so much, and that covers a multitude of sins. Much love to you all. 3 John 1:2.

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