Bible Verses for Trying Times

As a child I was told that if you were seeking an answer to a problem you could open the Bible up to any page and you would find it. I tried it and found out that it was true. No matter what was wrong, so long as I opened my Bible and read a couple verses they always corresponded to what I was looking for.

Eventually I started highlighting verses that really spoke to me. When times get tough I look back on them and remember the truth that they held in the past and trust them to help in the future. I would like to share some of these verses and how they have helped me through life.

Ephesians 2:8

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:

This verse has hit home many times. Often I feel that I have done something so horrible that nobody, including God, could ever forgive or love me. This reminds me that it is not by my doings that I am accepted. Grace is given by God regardless of the good or bad that I have done.

2 Corinthians 2:8-9

8 [We are] troubled on every side, yet not distressed; [we are] perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

I seriously injured my back during a training exercise and it put my entire future in jeopardy, including my career. Physically I was in constant pain and mentally I was distraught.

After a few weeks of living with that I was a complete mess. A friend brought me to Bible study and we sang a song with these verses and I felt immediate relief. It was as if I was bathed and all hope of recovery had returned. My physical pain never went away but everything that I was going through mentally had disappeared. I was then able to accept my broken body and could move past it.

Proverbs 19:21

21 [There are] many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

I tried to do everything that I could to heal my body but nothing worked. I eventually had to give up what I thought was going to be a career and start anew. My plans had gone out the window and I didn’t know what to do.

As I was getting medical treatment for my back I met the most wonderful man in the world (whom was also injured). We were in a very similar situation and were able to work through it together. He was mostly healed after a few weeks and was able to continue on his career path.

Somehow I had gotten wrapped up in this guy and actually ended up marrying him. This verse hit me because I realized that my plans are not going to work out unless they are God’s plans. God had given me an opportunity that I thought was a career but in fact it was an opportunity to meet the love of my life. As much as I had planned and worked towards my goal it didn’t go as intended but God led me down a different, and much better path.

Matthew 6:3-4

3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

These verses really hit home when I was struggling as a stay-at-home mother. It speaks of giving to give, not to be recognized for it. I would get very frustrated because I would take care of my child all day and when I could I would clean our house or do miscellaneous chores. My husband would come home from work and go on as if nothing had happened while I was waiting for some appreciation for all that I had accomplished throughout the day. After reading these verses I was reminded that I need to do things for the sake of doing them, not for recognition, appreciation, or praise.

Matthew 6:25

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

Exodus 23:25-26

25 And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. 26 There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil.

These excerpts have related to my life more recently. My husband is in the military and as things currently stand we will not get a paycheck until Congress straightens out their budget. We have some savings, but could not go a long period of time without his income as I am still at home with our child.

I have been in a constant state of worry about how we are going to pay the bills, buy food, and even to get gas to get my husband to and from work. I got comfort after reading these verses and remember talking about this in church and Bible study. It goes back to the Lord’s Prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread…” If we put our faith in God he will give us all that we need and we need not worry about it.

I still flip through the Bible to find a verse that will speak to me but it does help to have a few handy that I can relate to throughout my life. The Lord works in mysterious ways but I am comforted knowing that “If God will bring you to it; God will get you through it.”