Being in Christ does not exempt us from facing hard times.
On the contrary, as Christians, we have our fair share of hardship. Furthermore, God expects us to 'give thanks in all things,' even in tribulation.
It seems hard, right?
If you are going through hard times and on the edge of losing hope, turning to the Bible for encouragement is the best move. Lucky for you, we have compiled 50 verses about patience in hard times.
Prayer to Overcome Hard Times
Lord, you instruct us in your Word to fear not, to cast our cares unto you, and to run to your name that is our fort. I pray that your Word will revive my soul in this challenging time and grant me joy, peace, hope, and the strength to overcome these times. Amen.
Here is a list of the most inspirational 50 Bible verses to get you through hard times:
1. Psalm 46:1-3
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-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.
This psalm is titled: To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song for Alamoth. The sons of Korah were Levites hailing from the family of Kohath.
2. Proverbs 18:10
The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.
In Proverbs, this is the only place that 'the name of the Lord' is found.
3. Nehemiah 8:10
Nehemiah said, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength."
Nehemiah uttered these words because people were mourning and weeping after the reading of the Word of God.
4. Isaiah 41:10
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.
In this passage, the words' fear not' is both a command and a promise.
5. Exodus 15:2
"The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him.
Exodus 15:2 was a song that Moses and the Israelites sang to the Lord when their salvation was evident.
6. Psalm 9:9-10
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
The phrase 'times of trouble' is found only twice in the Psalms. In Psalm 10:1 and this passage.
7. Psalm 34:10b
But those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
David experienced a 'good thing' when he was delivered from the Philistines by God. Not by his strength or might, but by the goodness of God.
8. Isaiah 26:3-4
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself is the Rock eternal.
This passage contains the words to a song sung on the day of the Messiah's ultimate triumph.
9. 1 Chronicles 16:11
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
These words are part of the psalm that David delivered into the hand of Asaph as they thanked the Lord for having brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem.
10. Psalm 32:7-8
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
This psalm is titled: A Psalm of David. A Contemplation. Contemplation translates to "instruction' in Hebrew. Psalm 32:7 is the first of twelve psalms that share this title.
11. Exodus 33:14
The Lord replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."
'My Presence will go with you,' was a response to a prayer by Moses.
12. Deuteronomy 31:8
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
This passage contains some of the final instructions Moses gave to the Israelites as he would not be crossing the Jordan.
13. Deuteronomy 33:27
The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemies before you, saying, 'Destroy them!'
This passage contains the words of Moses as he blessed the Israelites before his death.
14. Psalm 34:17
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
These were David's words to his men while at the cave at Adullam. He reminded them that God's attentive care is on the righteous.
15. Isaiah 30:15
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.
God offered Judah the promise of protection from the Assyrians, and they need not look to the Egyptians.
16. Isaiah 43:1-3
But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead.
These were God's words to the people of Judah not to be afraid of the Babylonian army or exile.
17. Luke 12:25-26
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
Jesus shows that worrying achieves nothing. It adds nothing to our lives.
18. Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
'Do not be anxious..' is a command and not an option.
19. John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid.
These were some of the final words of Jesus before He was arrested and crucified. He leaves His disciples with His supernatural peace.
20. Psalm 34:4
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.
This psalm was written when David feigned madness before Abimelech to save his life.
21. Psalm 27:1-3
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 devoura me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though a war breaks out against me, even then, I will be confident.
A noticeable change between the first and second half of this psalm suggests that these were two separate psalms brought together.
22. Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
These were God's words to Joshua, calling him to be bold in Him.
23. Psalm 145:18-19
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.
Psalm 145:18 is the only psalm that is titled, A Praise of David.
24. 1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Casting all our care upon God is a test of true humility. Pride instructs us to take things into our own hands.
25. Isaiah 12:2
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.
This whole passage is a song of praise to the one who has surrendered to the Messiah asking.
26. 2 Timothy 1:7
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.
Paul was aware that Timothy could become timid and wanted him to know that this fear was not from God.
27. Psalm 138:3
When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me.
This psalm of David is a declaration that even kings will praise the Lord.
28. Psalm 16:8
I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Psalm 16:8 is David's song where he outlines how he found contentment and gladness while in pressing times. It also prophesied about the Messiah and what He would do for us.
29. Psalm 62:1-2
Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my Rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
This psalm is titled, To the Chief Musician. To Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. Jeduthun was one of the musicians that David appointed to lead public worship.
30. Psalm 112:1, 7-8
Praise the Lord. Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure; they will have no fear; in the end, they will look in triumph on their foes.
Psalm 112 is an acrostic psalm; that is, it has 22 lines, and each begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
31. Psalm 91:1-2
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Highest will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
This psalm has no title; thus, the author is unknown. However, as it shares the same themes as Psalm 90, some believe that the author was Moses.
32. 2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ's power may rest on me.
Paul had a burden of which he was desperate to find relief. These words were God's response to Paul's prayer.
33. Philippians 4:12-13
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
These words show that Paul's thankfulness was not dependent on his need because he was content with where he was despite his lack.
34. 2 Thessalonians 3:3
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
These words speak on the faithfulness of God; that even if not all people have faith, the Lord remains faithful.
35. Isaiah 40:29
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Notice that God gives strength to those who are weak. The proud and confident receive no power from God.
36. 1 Peter 5:10
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.
Peter knew that it was futile to face danger and suffering from one's strength. He exhorts his Christian friends to rely always on God's work.
37. Hebrews 4:16
Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy
The ancient Jewish Rabbis taught that the Lord had two thrones, one of mercy and judgment. However, as a result of Jesus, compassion and judgment were reconciled to form the throne of grace.
38. Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
Moses uttered these words because he passed from the scene, but he wanted the nation to be courageous in the Lord.
39. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
Paul's blessing of peace to this church was refreshing as the church was going through persecution and tribulation.
40. Romans 5:2- 4
through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Martin Luther wrote about this chapter saying," In the whole Bible there is hardly another chapter which can equal this triumphant text."
41. Romans 12:12
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
By being joyful in hope, Paul shows that we should do all things while focusing on heaven.
42. Romans 8:25
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
We trust in God's faithfulness to His Word.
43. Ecclesiastes 7:8
The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.
Solomon urges us to persevere to the end because those that endure to the future will be saved.
44. James 5:8
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.
The Lord's coming requires that we be firm and rooted in Jesus.
45. Exodus 14:14
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still."
Standing still is usually God's direction to believers in times of crisis. This verse helped strengthen the Israelites because Pharaoh was pursuing them.
46. 2 Peter 3:8
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
Peter quoted Psalm 90:4 to imply that what may seem like a lifetime to us might be a short time to God.
47. 2 Chronicles 15:7
But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded."
These were encouraging words to God's people that despite the great trouble brought upon them by God, King Asa should be hopeful in God's heart for forgiveness and restoration.
48. Hebrews 10:36
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
The writer of Hebrews knew that perseverance was crucial to doing God's will because it can be discouraging to try to keep to His will when the fulfillment of His promise seems far away.
49. Lamentations 3:25-26
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
In the Hebrew bible, this poem is made of single lines that are then grouped in threes, and the first bunch starts with aleph, the second bunch, beth, and so forth.
50. Psalm 37:7
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways when they carry out their wicked schemes.
This Psalm of David was written in his later years, offering wisdom in the form of a song.
Hardship may cause us to lose hope and despair. However, the most consistent theme in these verses is not to fear and to look unto the Lord for relief. Your situation may seem to drag on for eternity, but it is just a moment to God. He will cause all things to work for good to those that love Him.
I pray that as you read His Word, that His blessings will upon you and that God will fulfill his promises in your life. Amen.