When difficult days come, we can trust in God to remain faithful to His promises. In some of my most dire circumstances, I stood on these 8 Bible Verses for encouragement.
“Lord, we need you now,” I cried.
Weary, exhausted, and physically pained, all I could see were the dark walls of resistance closing in on me. No life preserver, no rope, no hand to lift me out of the valley of adversity.
A few years ago, my husband spent our Christmas weekend in isolation from the world with the family while he recovered from his most recent chemotherapy treatment earlier that week.
My oldest son slugged around a fever and bronchial bug since Christmas Eve and tried to keep to himself in his room to avoid spreading his illness to his immune-compromised father. After opening stockings, he went back to bed.
As the week progressed, fever, shortness of breath, and sharp stabbing pain attacked whenever I tried to inhale or exhale, landing me in the emergency room at 10 pm the night before I was to return to work. Diagnosis: pneumonia. The second time in a year.
We finally arrived home early in the morning with just enough time to catch perhaps 20 winks before having to get up and drag my sick self into the office. My office staff had called in sick and wouldn’t be in the office to contact my patients and cancel them for me.
It wasn’t long after I arrived at the office that one of our staff members shared that her house had sold over the weekend and they would be moving in two weeks…leaving a hole the size of Texas in my heart, for my staff are more like family than employees.
With every stabbing inhale, the pain mounted until a steady stream of tears flowed almost as fast as the defeating thoughts I was having. It felt like everything was crashing around me, all the while I was powerless to do anything about it.
That was true…I was powerless in myself. But with Him, I was not powerless.
You see, when we have done all we can do, it is then that we must truly trust Him to do what only He can do.
I could do nothing to hurry my son’s return to health.
I could do nothing to heal my husband of his cancer.
I could do nothing about my newly diagnosed pneumonia.
I could do nothing about my staff member’s impending move.
I could do nothing to make my other staff member return to health.
1. The Lord is a strong hold in the day of trouble.
I could, however, trust Him to do what only He could do, and be faithful to His promises:
“The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble.” (Nahum 1:7 KJV)
2. God’s power works best in weakness.
The enemy of our soul would like to fill us with doubt and discouragement, but God wants us to stand on the truth of His word and take hope and encouragement from His faithfulness.
Instead of looking at the depth of my problems and becoming weak under the weight of it all, I could choose to look at the opportunity for Him to show Himself powerful to effect a change. It was true: I was powerless BUT His word says:
“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT)
3. We can remain in peace because our victory is secure.
When tempted to feel sorry for myself because of the ongoing trials, I could take comfort in remembering that not only did He promise that we would all face trials, but that we can remain in peace because He has already secured the victory:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
4. God is always with us.
When I was tempted to give in to feelings of loneliness and discouragement, I could instead remember that He is always with me, upholding me, and strengthening me:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
5. God is an ever-present help in trouble.
So often when the trials hit, I get wrapped up in thinking it’s all up to me to figure my way out. Instead, I can remember that He has promised to be an ever-present help:
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
6. God gave us the antidote to fear.
When I’m tempted to dive into a pool of fear about either my current circumstances or my future, I must remember that He did not give me a spirit of fear, but rather, He has given me the antidote to fear with His power, love, and sound mind:
“For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
7. God promises to sustain us.
At times, when the trials seem multiplied all at the same time, I don’t have to worry that it will be my undoing because He promises to sustain me:
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.” (Psalm 55:22)
8. We can look to the One from whom our help comes.
When the difficult days come (and they will!), we have a choice to either go down under it, or to rally and look to the One from whom our help comes:
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2)
What verses encourage you on the difficult days? I’d love to hear in the comments below.
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When my son was life-flighted to a Children’s Hospital five hours from our home, I was terrified. My husband was driving, while I flew with our son. Thankfully, a relative of mine showed up at the hospital to sit with me until my husband arrived. It was pretty chaotic during that time as he was being assessed, diagnosed, scheduled for surgery, doctors talking with terms I never thought I’d hear. My cousin pulled me aside and shared his favorite scripture with me. Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in You” (ESV) That was twelve years ago this month and it is STILL sustaining me when troubles and trials come. That is how strong God’s Word is! All the scripture you referenced has helped people for so many years…and will for so many more to come. I just thought I’d add one more. 😉
These verses are beautiful and such a wonderful reminder that no matter how much piles on top of us-it’s nothing compared to God. I’m scheduling this to be shared on my blog FB page.
Such lovely verses.
Thank you for always being so encouraging. I always love reading your blogs. I am a friend of Shona Savage. Please keep my son Michael in your prayers. He’s in dire need of prayers. Thank you.
Those times when life is completely overwhelming turn out to be gifts…forced surrenders. For those of you who try to “arrange life” like I tend to, the lessons are much needed. Thanks for the encouragement today:)
Thank you so much for sharing this extremely encouraging post!
The Bible verses you shared are the perfect promises to cling to when we are feeling overwhelmed by trials. For in God’s Word, there is felt an immediate peace.
Michelle, scripture is such an effective and continual tool for battling the lies of the enemy! I have several purse size photo albums, each themed around a specific thing I am battling, such as fear, doubt, etc.so I can have instant access in the moment. These scriptures fall into so many areas…I think I need a topic labled difficult times:) Just love coming here and truly appreciate your insight and expertise!
Thank you! So encouraging that He already has victory. The enemy likes to tell me otherwise. I’m so used to trying to figure things out. I need to remember to do my part and let God do His.
We all face tough times. Thanks for sharing with us at Family Joy Blog linkup.
Thank you for sharing your Eight Inspiring scriptures with us here at Tell me a Story. They are some of my favorites too.
I love all of those scriptures! They’re all such powerful verses to stand on! Thank you for sharing! Blessings! ??
Good verses for me to write down and keep near. …for such a time as this…and always! Thanks, Michelle.
I am finding Romans 15:13 to be such a help as I walk on a cancer journey with my daughter. God is the source of our hope. But we can’t drum up that hope on our own. He just asks us to trust Him and the power of the Holy Spirit will cause us to overflow with confident hope.