Have you ever experienced a situation that left you feeling disappointed, discouraged and frustrated? Whenever life throws me a curve ball, I turn to God’s word and search for scriptures that I can put into action to change my attitude and perspective. These 15 Bible Verses on discouragement, disappointment and frustration have given me and others the ability to fight the enemy and overcome.
Plans had not gone as I’d hoped. I’d planned, I prayed, I did my part, and yet, I was left feeling disappointed, discouraged, and frustrated.
I don’t know if that has ever happened to you, but sometimes we pray and make the best-laid plans, only to be left wanting, unfulfilled, and discouraged. Did we hear God right? Was He even listening? Was there something blocking the answer to prayer or the fulfillment of His promises?
Sometimes life throws a curve ball and things just don’t go the way we expect. What then?
As a board certified clinical neuropsychologist, patients frequently come into my office feeling frustrated, discouraged, disappointed and disillusioned. “What now?” they ask. At the heart of their question is the underlying question, “How do I handle my disappointment and discouragement?”
I’m so grateful that just as Scripture promises, we have already been given everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). When I experience that disappointment and discouragement, I look to God’s word for perspective. The enemy would love for us to focus on our disappointment and discouragement, but turning our attention back to God is a guaranteed attitude re-set.
15 Bible Verses on disappointment, discouragement and frustration that will give you a life-changing attitude re-set:
1. Psalm 27:13-14
“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:13-14).
2. Psalm 34:17-19
“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:17-19).
3. Psalm 55:22
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22).
4. Psalm 147:3
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).
5. Isaiah 40:31
“but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
6. Isaiah 41:10
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
7. Isaiah 42:16
“And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them” (Isaiah 42:16).
8. Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
9. Lamentations 3:22-23
“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).
10. Nahum 1:7
“The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, he knows those who trust in him” (Nahum 1:7).
11. 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” (Romans 8:28).
12. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).
13. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
“Therefore we do not lose heart.… So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
14. Galatians 6:9
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).
15. Philippians 4:19
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
What Scriptures do you turn to in times of disappointment or discouragement? Share with us in the comments below.
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I needed this today, Michelle! Thanks for this wonderful resource!
I’m so glad it encouraged you Stacey. We all need each other to encourage us with words of life now and then, don’t we? Because of Him, #HopePrevails!
These are such powerful verses. I often turn to many of these myself. Thanks for compiling the list for us, Michelle!
Lisa, I’m so grateful that God has already given us everything we need for life and godliness. Sometimes it just helps to have a handful of verses all in one place for a particular situation. Glad you enjoyed! Because of Him, #PeacePrevails
I’m here again 🙂 Your post is the third one I’ve read with Scriptures to encourage believers. God must know there’s a lot of weary people out there. Praying they find their way to your blog.
Always love seeing you here, Sherry! I think now more than ever, the world needs hope and they need to understand truth. So much deception in the world right now…when what they need is Jesus! Blessings to you friend!
These are some of my favorites and worth memorizing for when those pesky darts of discouragement and disappointment attack.
Sometimes it just helps to have these truths all in one place for quick reference. I know I need to refer back to them. There is no better way to deal with the trials of life than with God’s word. Because of Him, #HopePrevails!
Such a great list of verses. God’s word brings the comfort I need every time. I have had many experiences with things not turning out the way I expected, but the blessing is that God knows how it’s going to turn out and that’s all that matters.
Isn’t it a comfort to know that God is sovereign over all and what the enemy intended for harm through disappointment and discouragement, God will use for our good and His glory! Because of Him, #HopePrevails!
Great collection of verses! Many of these are favourites of mine too!
I’m glad you enjoyed Lesley! With hope, Dr. Michelle
Great verses you picked on disappointment. I have pinned it. The first one is one I cling to.“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:13-14).
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Psalm 27 is one of the ones I cling to. God is always good. The hard part is waiting on Him. But yet we take heart and wait for the Lord! Blessings to you.
What a great list of hope and encouragement! My go to is always 2 Cor 12:9 Many Thanks 8)
Thank you for sharing these verses to encourage us. One of my favorites is Job 23:10, “When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”
I love the verses you picked. Thank you for being a part of Grace and Truth. I know our reading will benefit from this post. I am sharing too. Sending prayers up for you my friend. Maree