Like the line that divided our days into increments before and after 9-11, life has now become measured by what we remember before Covid-19 and how much has changed in the months after. Where do you turn when times are hard? To whom do you go for strength to get through this kind of turmoil? How do you keep going when you feel like giving up? Is there any hope that we can get through this and actually be better for it on the other side?
These are such hard times, aren’t they? One thing happening after the other. Some of us have lost a loved one. Others of us haven’t gotten to see the ones we love in way too long. For most of us, these difficult days have been a mixed bag of both struggle and serenity, but even the good days look different than the way a good day looked to us before.
Then, just as things were beginning to look up, riots have broken out and protesters have taken to the streets over a completely different tumultuous topic than the one with which we were already consumed.
25 Scriptures to Help Get Through This
I’ve been learning to trust God’s word for my whole life. I started memorizing verses after my second grade Sunday School teacher showed our whole class how to do it. On the first Sunday of our new school year, our sweet teacher handed us a bookmark with a verse she had chosen just for each student. The verse began with the first letter of our names. Mine was Matthew 5:5: Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
The verse was quickly memorized, and our minds were instantly quickened to the personal nature of the very words of God.
Here are 25 verses that might speak to your heart in the same way. God wants us to trust him. He cares for us enough that he even wants us to cast all our cares upon him. The One who created heaven and earth promised us that he is able to do more than we can ask or imagine. He will help us get through this and a whole lot more.
“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.”
“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.”
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
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.
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.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 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. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
2 Peter 1:2
Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
1 John 4:9
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
2 Corinthians 1:20
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
2 Kings 17:39
Rather, worship the Lord your God; it is he who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.
“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”
But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.
But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
2 Corinthians 1:10
He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.
2 Samuel 7:28
Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.
2 Chronicles 7:14
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
I hope these verses encourage you. This is but a small number of the many promises God has given us concerning how to get through this crazy time. We truly are in this together, but God rules over it all.
He will get us through this, just like he’s gotten us through difficult days in the past. Nothing is too hard for our God.
Encouraging a lifetime filled with everyday intentional adventure, as we trust the One who promises to get us through hard times,