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16 Bible Verses for Comfort in Troubling Times

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July 16, 2021

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As humans, we face struggles every day.

We can overcome some challenges with strength acquired from similar experiences. Other times, our strength may come from loved ones. 

Sometimes we come upon situations that are too much for us to handle. Yet as children of God, we can turn to our Heavenly Father for the strength and courage to overcome obstacles that we may deem insurmountable. 

In this article, we will look at comforting Bible verses that remind us of the peace of God during some of life’s greatest challenges.

Finding comfort in death

The passing of a loved one is never easy, even if we know we will see them after this life. 

While their physical body has died, their soul has left this life and entered the kingdom of heaven, and they will have eternal life with Him.

However, this doesn’t relieve all the pain we will inevitably feel about them being gone from this life.

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They touched our lives, and we miss their presence. This is natural. Yet we must remember they are in a better place — a place without pain or worries, and a place filled with happiness and Jesus' love. They are in the house of the Lord.

It's only a matter of time before we will see them again, and we can rejoice and feel gladness because of this. However, when we do miss them, we can turn to the Bible to seek comfort.

Here are four Bible verses to bring comfort for the passing of a loved one:

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Matthew 5:4).

“So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you” (John 16:22).

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Feeling God's love when a child passes

There is no pain that parallels that following the death of a child. The passing of a child doesn't just affect their immediate family, but the whole community.

Even though we are children of God, many of us have a difficult time understanding why He, our beloved Savior Jesus Christ, would take such an innocent soul so early. 

Why would He take a child that has barely made their mark on this Earth, but has made such an impression in our hearts?

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God has a reason for every act He does, and it is not always for us to know why. We must trust in Him, and we must trust in His actions — for He is the most high God and a God of all comfort. 

However, even the most devout Christian who knows these things may admit it doesn't necessarily make the pain or grief easier. 

Let us seek comfort from the God of hope. Here are five Bible verses that can remind us of God’s love for His children and the peace He can bring us:

“But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14).

“Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it” (Luke 18:15-17).

“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).

“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).

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

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Strength in the Lord

The loss of a job, an illness, and even anxiety in our day-to-day affairs can all cause us great difficulty, and we need His comfort.

There are no right or wrong times to ask the Lord Jesus Christ for strength and guidance. We are His children, and He is our pillar of strength. As Christians, we find strength in His words to continue on. 

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Here are some Bible verses to help find the courage and strength in times we need it most.

“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble” (Psalm 9:9-10).

“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles” (Psalm 34:17).

“May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant” (Psalm 119:76).

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging” (Psalm 46:1-3).

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

The Lord does not offer comfort just in times of death and grief. He is always there when we need Him most. As humans, we have daily struggles, both small and great. 

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O Lord, I will embrace your love

There is no shame in reaching out to the Lord in our times of need. He will always answer our prayers. 

Psalm 116:1-2 tells us, “I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.” 

Through the power of the Holy Spirit and the love of God, we will be guided through the most difficult times in our lives. We call upon Him for support, strength, love, and comfort in our most trying times. We are His children, and He will not leave us in darkness. 

His love knows no bounds. His strength and comfort will help us heal and continue on, and under His guidance, we will prevail.

We are never alone. We always have Jesus by our side, and we should forever be grateful for His love.

For more Bible verses about God’s unfailing love during hard times, download the pray.com app in the iOS App Store and Google Play.

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