20 Uplifting Bible Verses For Times of Adversity

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Sometimes you must go through the valley to reach the top of the mountain. Figuratively, the valley is what we call the times of adversity. These are those times when you may have some questions for your Heavenly Father. The hard times are when you should draw nigh unto God; He wants to hear from you (Hebrews 9:19). In adversity I often call to mind a memory verse. One of my favorite memory verses in the valley is one that was written by the weeping prophet, Jeremiah: “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions  fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. (Lamentations 3:22-24 KJV)

Take a look at these twenty uplifting  Bible verses for times of adversity; I pray that you are encouraged.

Adversity as a Faith Builder

My refuge and my fortress

Psalms 91:1,2  He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,  my God, in whom I trust.”

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.

Romans 8:38,39 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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.

1 Peter 1:6-9 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

We Have a Promise of Peace and Rest

Psalms 85:8 Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints

Isaiah 26:3,4 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever,  for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Jesus’ words)

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (Jesus’ words)

Philippians 4:6,7 … do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Adversity so we See God and the Need for Jesus

Psalms 27:5,6 For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;  he will lift me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the LORD.

John 9:1-3 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.  And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.

2 Corinthians 1:8,9 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.  Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.

2 Corinthians 1:10,11 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.  You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.

Philippians 1:12-14 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

Adversity is Temporary

Romans 8:18-21 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,  as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

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.

1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Revelation 21:3,4 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Christian Quotes About Adversity

“God hath divers ways into divers men. Into some he comes at noon, in the sunshine of prosperity; to some in the dark and heavy clouds of adversity. Some he affects with the music of the church; some, with some particular collect or prayer; some, with some passage of a sermon, which takes no hold of him that stands next to him. Watch the ways the Spirit of God into thee.”  ~ John Donne

“Christian, remember the good of God in the frost of adversity.”  ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

“Adversity is the diamond dust heave polishes its jewels with”  ~Robert Leighton

Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.”  ~ Billy Graham

“The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather for the devil.”  ~ C.S. Lewis

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Jack Wellman August 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm

What a beautiful job Pam. These verses come alive in times like these of uncertainty about the future. We have a secure future in times of adversity but only in God Himself. Thank you.


Alexander Warrick May 14, 2012 at 5:04 am

What scripture talks about knowing what to do and being equiped to handle these times. Something similar in the nature I am discussing about it in?


Alexander Warrick May 14, 2012 at 5:08 am

My question is what scripture discusses of knowing what to do and being equiped to handle these times and or something similar?


Pamela Rose Williams May 14, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Hi Alexander Warrick, I hope I understand your question. There are many Scriptures that may help us to handle these times of adversity. What I have learned is that it begins with our thinking — when we are thinking on the right things our “feelings” and “actions” all follow. What I mean to say is we do what we do because we feel what we feel because we think what we think. So think on the right things and adversity will be kept at bay. I suggest committing Phil 4:8-9 to memory for starters.


Maria July 18, 2013 at 1:14 am

Yes. Positive thoughts yield positive results. spiritually God does his part. But humanly, you have to do yours. Lets all learn and consult the living manual; the scriptures. Faith, trust, hope, believe should always be your buzz words. This way you defeat the arrows of the evil one!


Larry Anderson May 25, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I Hav prayed every nite cryedout for help Hav been nice 2 people that don’t deserve it so y am I in the spot I’m in I no there is a god but I don’t feel like I am b n helped . What do I need to do I’m lost I don’t wanna giv up bit I’m real close . The 1 person o trust Larry aka my dad he is the worst 1 in my life I can’t trust him no more I am done acre it I only wanted a dad that is not asking much


Corbett Clark June 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Larry Anderson you will always have a father in God, and thats the greatest father you can and will ever have and start looking at the bright things in life and have faith that with God everything will be alright dont worry, please dont worry.


Anettia November 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm

A blessing to have u all in this time of need GOD Bless


Johannes Masebe September 28, 2012 at 3:34 am

In god we trust that people like you is what the world need
Is hard times in our world so you making a big difference by letting the world know that our father is the only god that can save us from our misery
Thank you father for being the father of my live lead me to whatever designation you’ve destined for me amen


Danielle October 15, 2012 at 7:03 am

Sometimes we all need a uplifting word
To get us through these hard times. Amen!


David michelle October 28, 2012 at 2:37 am

Thank u nd God bless u


kaehti November 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm

bible verses to remember


ToddM November 27, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I agree!


timothy johnson December 19, 2012 at 12:47 am

How do i stay humble it seem thatq my heart like staying proud I cnt help it


teressa young January 24, 2013 at 11:29 pm



JadeC B January 26, 2013 at 1:28 am

I fell back today. I keep looking at my ex new relationship with this girl who he cheated on with me. I keep worrying about them two when I should be giving all of my attention to the Lord. When i think of the two of them i have this huge anxiety because I wanted to be loved. I know God can fill my lonliness and love me greater than no man. I need to stop being worrisome. Please pray for me. Today was hard.


Maria July 18, 2013 at 1:05 am

Dear Jadec,
Always remember that the Lord is your portion. Nothing happens as a chance. Everything happened for a reason. Just think, that most likely God removed the man from your life because he was to be a curse and not a blessing? God has a purpose for you and His thoughts about you are good thoughts. Walk in his ways, remember he has a future for you. Be still and wait on on Him. Next time you see them, smile, wave and move on. Let your thought dwell on the future and not the past. He was never meant for you. Yours is on the way. Be blessed.


Chase January 27, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Talofa Jadec, I hope you have found peace in your life. I suffered the same as you so i feel for you an i am familiar with your pain. I guess if you had no children to him it’s a bit easier. I had children to mine so the bond was a bit more in depth, but love is love an it hurts when its lost but amazing when found. What really helped me was that i came to realize that you truly can’t control who you fall in love with / nor your ex partner! We really don’t own anybody an my mistake was i thought that she was my property, but the spirit made me wise an said she actually belongs to God. I hope this msg finds you and finds you well. Chase.


dorcas June 13, 2013 at 9:26 am

May the Lord Bless you much for these scriptures, they normally give me enough strength and courage in my life.God give you that knowledge and guide you in making them.AMEN I wish I can meet you face to talk more because I am much down in my life since I the beginning of this year.bye byeeee.


R. Aune November 5, 2013 at 11:06 am

Thank you!


Sharon December 7, 2013 at 10:20 pm

I stumbled upon this in searching for scriptures on suffering for my blog. What an uplifting article and comments. Thank you!


Taz June 4, 2014 at 8:16 pm

I have go through so much adversity. My problems over weigh my joy. I cry to God everynight to bless me. I play basketball, and i put my heart into the game. My coach never lets me play and its not that im not good, its that he dont give me the chance to prove to him that i AM the best. I want to make it to the NBA so i can influence peoples lives with god. I want to show that god is the one who gave it all to me. I want to be the best and give it all to god so people can call upon his name. So please pray for me and help me out. I need any blessings so i can achieve my dream and help win over souls for god. Plz help me!


Levaina July 13, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Dear Taz,
Let your joy over power your adversity and know that God hears your prayers!!! HE is in control of all things and knows your heart. When the time is right to glorify His name in what you do with basketball, it will happen!
Heavenly Father, I come before you now to pray for Taz who wants so much to play basketball. Thank you for giving her the talent to do so, Father, and may it be Your will that she will be able to play for the NBA and glorify Your name by doing so. Bless her coach Father, with the eyes to see what she has to offer her team and the mind to allow her to show him that as well. Her heart seems to be in the right place Father, but only You know if that is true. Forgive her if she has fallen short of Your glory in her words, thoughts and actions for no doubt we all fall short every day. I ask Your blessings upon Taz Father and that You be a lamp unto her feet to guide her footsteps on Your path of righteousness and give her the patience to trust in You that all things work out for the better when we do. We love you Father, and we give You all the praises and thanksgiving in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, now and forever more! Amen!


Megan E. August 17, 2014 at 10:05 pm

I have been having a lot of problems with my teeth. Was told Friday I need to have all my teeth (28) pulled. They have all gone bad and I have numerous infections in my mouth. I have been praying and praying. I’m on my 2nd round of antibiotics. Is it ever doing to get better? I feel so overwhelmed and feel like nothing is getting better. Idk how I’m even going to afford to get my teeth all pulled and dentures. I really need prayer. I don’t know what else to do


Nancy K. October 14, 2014 at 3:59 am

You cannot imagine what a support system such as this means to someone like me! It is hard to be a Christian in the worldliness in which we live today! I wish there were time and room for me to explain how difficult life is for my family and me right now. If ever there was a hell on earth it is alive and fully operational in the lives of people who want to live what they believe and believe what they live! The Lord tells us that the way to salvation is hard! Jesus is as real as it gets


Jeff Ellis October 26, 2014 at 4:19 am

WOW !!


Brittany April 5, 2015 at 4:34 am

Hi all! Please pray for our family. my son has moderate to sevre autism and weve been battling all of his communicaion and emotional challenges for about 2 or 3 years. Hr hits himself has frequently hit us in past screams early morning and wakes my daughter, and his meltdowns have increased to at least three times a day. The meltdowns are a big event and he has even bruised his own leg over something as simple as he wants to go outseide WHEN he wants to9even if hes been otside that day) its gotten so bad that he keeps breaking knocking down or climbing over bby gates to the kitchen and stairs. i am very tired, and weve been seeking advocacy to an institution or special school


Rev Mary Bassey April 9, 2016 at 4:14 pm



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