I try my best to provide content that reminds you how loved you are and how valuable you are to the Father. I strive to provide encouragement to chase your dreams and to believe God for big and bold things. I want you to be kind to yourself and others because you are overwhelmed by how kind God is towards you.
But I also want you prepared and equipped for when life gets tough because life will get tough. Stormy seasons of life are inevitable. Jesus even warned us in John 16:33 that trouble will find us in this life. He didn't leave it there though. That warning is actually sandwiched between promises that He has already overcome and that He is with us.
Today we are going to look at some awesome verses for surviving the storms we find ourselves in. These are my favorite kind of posts to write because I just get to pack them full of scripture.
These verses are really powerful and I suggest that you write them down or save this post somewhere easy to find and when life gets challenging come back and really grab hold of these scriptures and the Truth they contain. Meditate on these and rest in the truth that we are never alone.
Here we go! What the Bible has to say about tough times and verses for weathering life’s storms.
John 16:33 ESV
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
We have a whole post on this verse that you can check out here.
This verse is profound to me. Peace is available to us! Jesus went out of His way not only to cover our sins but to make sure we were prepared for the things that would come against us in this life.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 ESV
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed
Times of pressing will come but we can rest during those seasons because He promises these things will not take us out.
Isaiah 43:1-2 ESV
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
Romans 8:28 ESV
For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?
Psalm 92:1-2 ESV
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,
I highly suggest you just go and read the whole psalm. Something powerful happens when we choose to remain thankful during seasons of trials and challenges. Thanksgiving maintains our freedom and our hope even when crazy is happening all around us. When we can choose to praise God in the midst of trouble, we find ourselves surrounded and guarded by a peace that just doesn’t make any sense.
Colossians 1:17 ESV
And he is before all things, and in him, all things hold together.
He will hold you together. He will keep you. Jesus loves you. He is not punishing you. He is not pleased by watching you suffer. When you suffer He suffers. He will keep you. He will pull you through. He won’t allow you to fall apart.
Lamentations 3:21-24 ESV
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. "The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him.”
For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
The Message versions put it this way: “For even if the mountains walk away and the hills fall to pieces, My love won’t walk away from you, my covenant commitment of peace won’t fall apart.”
This is a theme verse in our home. We have it painted above our mantle right when you walk into our house.
I love this verse. This verse reminds me who God is. It reminds me of His faithfulness towards us. He said, “even if the mountains and the hills decide to get up and walk away from you, I WILL NOT. I am not going anywhere. I am with you. We are in this together.”
Psalm 30:5 ESV
For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
I will leave you guys with a story! Who doesn’t love a good story? Elijah was a great prophet of the Lord. In 1 Kings 18, we see him call down fire from heaven in front of everyone proving that there is only one God & that everyone needed to turn from the false gods and back to Jehovah. That a pretty big deal. Fire from heaven? Wow.
In the very next chapter, we see him fleeing from some wicked queen and hiding in the wilderness waiting for death. That’s quite a shift, right? I am always baffled and yet comforted by this display of Elijah’s humanness especially after such a huge victory.
To be fair, Elijah’s got a lot going on. He’s being persecuted. He’s isolated from fellow believers. He falls into hopelessness and despair and even asks the Lord to let him die in the wilderness. He’s really going through it and in 1 Kings 19:11-13 this happens:
And he said, "Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord." And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?”
So he’s out there and this huge storm passes by. Winds are raging and things are crumbling all around him but God was not in the storm or the wind. Next and earthquake breaks out and then a fire. This is a crazy afternoon. God was not in the earthquake or the fire. After all of these crazy things passed there was a whisper. God was in the whisper.
I tell you this story to tell you that when life gets crazy it is really easy to focus on the circumstances. It is easy to fix our eyes, hearts and attention on the storm, the wind, the earthquake and the fire and miss the whisper. Don’t. Don't let your circumstances distract you from what God is speaking to you in this season.
When life gets crazy you listen for that whisper. Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
God is with you. He is in your midst and He is singing over you. Listen to that beautiful song that He’s singing over you.
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Thank you guys for reading! If there are verses that help you through the tough times that I didn't include them please share them with us below!!(:
Have an awesome week and remember you are wildly loved!