5 Bible Verses for Times of Struggle

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For centuries, the Bible has given individuals strength to overcome their past, wisdom to deal with their present, and courage to face their future. And the explosion of online options has helped even more people understand just how the Bible connects with the hardships of their everyday lives.

Sure, reading a verse or two online doesn’t replace really digging into the Bible and understanding those verses in the context of the surrounding Scriptures. But one or two helpful Bible verses can definitely be a doorway to learning what God is trying to teach us through His Word. And when you’re struggling with tough stuff, one verse is sometimes all you need to cling to, meditate on and pray about. 

Here are five common struggles you may find yourself facing, and some encouraging (and challenging) Scriptures that can help you through them:

1. Needing wisdom (James 1:5)

2. Feeling alone (Deuteronomy 31:8)

3. Feeling afraid (Isaiah 43:1b–2)

4. Feeling unloved (Romans 8:38–39)

5. Needing forgiveness (1 John 1:9 NIV)

Some of these verses might sound familiar, but that’s part of the beauty of the Bible. You can read the same words a dozen times, but they really jump out when they connect with your struggles.

And because God’s Word never changes, it always has the potential to connect with you where you are and in the struggles you face. Let’s look at each hardship and its corresponding verse more closely.

When You Need Some Wisdom

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5 NIV).

You may be facing a decision or a challenge that’s pushing you to the edge. Don’t hesitate to bring that question to God. He’s promised to share His wisdom generously, without holding anything back. You can’t get better advice than from the Creator of the universe.

When You’re Feeling Alone

“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 NIV).

Never is one of those words that carries a lot of weight. It can bring arguments and debates to a screeching halt. So, when God says He’ll never leave you or forsake you, you know He’s serious. He’s with you regardless of where you are or where you’re going. God Almighty stands by your side no matter what!

"Nothing escapes His notice, and nothing catches Him by surprise."

When You’re Feeling Afraid

“‘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’” (Isaiah 43:1b–2 NIV).

Ever feel overwhelmed . . . like you’re walking through the fire and the flood? God understands, and He has a message for you: “Do not fear.” Nothing escapes His notice, and nothing catches Him by surprise. He’s in control. So, when you feel the fear welling up in your heart, rest in Him.

When You’re Feeling Unloved

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38–39 NIV).

Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44), and one of his go-to deceptions is telling us that no one—including God—really loves us. The truth is that God doesn’t just love you, He’s crazy about you. Nothing you do can make Him love you less. So ditch the lies and live in the light of the truth: You are loved!

When You Need Forgiveness

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9 NIV).

You might wonder if you’ve gone too far this time, if God will take you back after your latest slip-up. Well, the simple answer is: Yes. He’s both faithful and just. So, while He recognizes your sin, He promises to forgive your sin—every time. Besides, He doesn’t really have to take you back because He never really let you go.

Whatever your hardship, you can find a wealth of advice out there—some good and some not so much. But the Bible is always the best starting point.

Why? Because its author happens to be the One who made you and loves you more than you could ever imagine. He wants you to live abundantly (John 10:10), and His Word is proof of that.

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