Life can be overwhelming at times. In those moments, finding an encouraging Bible verse to lift your spirits is invaluable!
Taking a moment to sit back and recall those sweet promises given in the Bible is a great way to refocus and remind ourselves Who is in control. There is no mountain too big or river too deep that God cannot overcome on our behalf.
These 25 encouraging Bible verses just begin to scratch the surface of the support that the Bible can offer. Hopefully they will bring you peace in the storm!
25. 1 THESSALONIANS 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 THESSALONIANS 5:11
It’s important to take the opportunity to encourage those around you. Whether a friend or stranger at the coffeeshop, looks for ways to share joy and bring light to someone’s life!
24. 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.” JOHN 14:27
There are so many moments where it feels that peace is being pulled away without any control. The world is apt to give and quickly take away – making that gift “conditional”. But God says that His love is unconditional; it cannot be earned. Even so is the gift of comfort. In those moments of pain, draw on the knowledge that God is a shelter from the storm.
23. 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
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed or attacked by situations and people. But we know that God is our strength. If we stay true in our focus on Him, our confidence cannot be swayed.
22. MATTHEW 19:26
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"But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'" MATTHEW 19:26
How awesome to know that in times of struggle, we have an all-powerful God who cannot be boxed in!
21. ISAIAH 40:31
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” ISAIAH 40:31
Burdens can weigh us down. But when we take those struggles and worries to God, He gives us the opportunity to pull away from the “quick sand” in life. There is abundance in Him!
20. PSALM 55:22
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“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” PSALM 55:22
Those doubts and worries are nothing in perspective to the One who made you! God stands waiting to hear the overwhelming concerns and give you total peace in decision making, illness, or grief.
19. JOHN 16:33
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"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
What joy we have in knowing that the battle has been won! The daily worries seem so small compared to the “big picture” which is already completely taken care by a loving Father.
18. 2 CORINTHIANS 4:16
"Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day." 2 CORINTHIANS 4:16
It’s easy to feel so weighed down that all seems lost. This scripture is a perfect reminder of God’s promises. When we delight ourselves in Him and focus our hearts on the things of God and not of man, there is a renewing that takes place. Those burdens shrink when faced with the power of the Creator!
17. PSALM 120:1
” I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me”. PSALM 120:1
There are times when words are hard to form. In these moments, we have the knowledge that when we call on His name, He will answer. There is nothing that can hide our hearts and our thoughts from God. He wants us to call on Him!
16. JOSHUA 1:9
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“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." JOSHUA 1:9
The measures of success in the world often leave us feeling discouraged. Trying to maintain a godly lifestyle in an ungodly culture adds even more pressure to our busy lives. It’s easy to feel attacked or alone. But once again, God reminds us that He is there with us, we are not alone. He wants us to stand strong on His promises!
15. DEUTERONOMY 31:6
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
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. DEUTERONOMY 31:8
When it seems all is lost, this is a great reminder that we should have courage. Do not be overcome by things surrounding but instead overcome with the goodness of His faithfulness!
14. JEREMIAH 29:11
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For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. JEREMIAH 29:11
What an awesome thought! Even when it seems that those curve balls are directed right at us, we can rest assured that God has a great plan for our lives. Even more exciting is to know that He thinks about US and that we have hope!
13. ROMANS 8:31
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? ROMANS 8:31
There is no power that can stand against our God. Even when the storms of life seem completely overwhelming and hopeless, that is not the case at all! God is cheering us on!
12. PROVERBS 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. PROVERBS 3:5-6
There are times that we do not understand the paths that God has allowed us to walk. The outcome is unclear, the battle seems overwhelming and we feel lost. But that is when we need to be reminded that when we focus on Him and His plans for our lives, there is no wrong step!
11. PSALM 23:4
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. PSALM 23:4
Life can really offer some dark valleys. It’s hard to know how to stay strong and positive in these moments. This verse is so specially because it not only tells us that we shouldn’t fear but it reminds us that we are not alone – “You are with me”.
10. PHILLIPIANS 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. PHILIPPIANS 4:13
There is not much that we can fully achieve on our own might. Each breathe is a gift from God. When faced with an enormous task or an illness to overcome, remember to thank God for His promises. There is amazing strength through faith!
9. 1 CORINTHIANS 15:58
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 CORINTHIANS 15:58
We all have a desire to succeed and to feel that our lives and our work are “worth it”. When you commit yourself to doing everything with excellence for GOD, there is no doubt that what is created will be successful!
8. PSALM 121:1-2
I lift up my eyes to the mountains-where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. PSALM 121:1-2
It’s easy to feel like nothing you are doing is working or that at every turn there is another obstacle. Sometimes taking a moment to sit back and remember that the Creator is on your side is enough to feel renewed! Whenever you are feeling down, look UP to the Father!
7. 2 CORINTHIANS 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 CORINTHIANS 1:3-4
There are times where nothing can be said or done to alter a time of mourning or sadness. But in these situations, there is hope in faith. When we turn to God for comfort, He always overfills our cup. It’s the extra bit that we are able to then turn and share with others!
6. PSALM 62:6
He only is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my Defense and my Fortress, I shall not be moved. PSALM 62:6
Taking a stand can mean pushing against the wind and waves of other opinions and culture. Knowing when to stand and when to call on God for extra strength is crucial. Having the ability to find peace in a strong fortress is so important!
5. NAHUM 1:7
The Lord is good, a Strength and Stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows those who take refuge and trust in Him. NAHUM 1:7
Finding comfort and peace aren’t just about feeling better. There is a knowledge in knowing that your strength lies through faith in Christ Jesus. Not only can we seek Him for security, but we have the joy of saying that He knows us! We can trust that He has our best interests at His heart.
4. MATTHEW 5:4
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." MATTHEW 5:4
There are times where the storm is so strong. Often it comes with a death in the family or even the death of a season in life. Each time, the void that is left can feel overwhelming. But take heart! God speaks another promise sharing that not only are those who feel so deeply as to mourn are blessed but that they WILL be comforted. He hears our cries!
3. LUKE 12:7
"Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." LUKE 12:7
This verse is often learned as a child. Adults share it to try and express the vast ability of God to oversee every aspect of life and to help little ones understand how very special and important they truly are. But those reminders should be for adults as well. There is no age restriction on God’s concern and love for us!
2. ISAIAH 43:2
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. ISAIAH 43:2
Life can feel very lonely. There are burdens that you are not comfortable sharing with others or fear of new situations or unknown paths. All of these are opportunities for us to reconnect with the One who has the ability to see how each step alters our course. He reminds us that through even the darkest situations, we are never alone. He is always there supporting us and protecting us.
1. HEBREWS 4:16
"Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." HEBREWS 4:16
There is something to be said about the majesty and power of a king. But not just any king, THE King. While it’s easy to focus on the friendship of Christ, the truth is that we serve a Holy God. There is awe in that perspective. His Word is encouraging us that even though He is the Ruler of the Universe, the Almighty God, there is also something very special about our faith. We are to come to Him with confidence. He is expecting us and loves us!
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