Encouraging Bible Verses for Times of Adversity—Increasing Your Faith and Strength

We often feel weak and distressed and even lose faith in God when enduring hardships. Read the encouraging Bible verses below, which can help you gain encouragement by relying on God in adversity, understand the meaning of suffering hardships, and gain faith and strength from God.

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1. Learn to Rely on God in Adversity
2. How to Gain Encouragement in Adversity
3. Suffering Is God’s Blessings to Us

1. Learn to Rely on God in Adversity

In our life, we often don’t know how to face adversity when it comes upon us. Please remember: God is our reliance. Read the following Bible verses and articles that could help us gain God’s guidance in adversity.

Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding.   6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.

Psalm 34:17

The righteous cry, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.

John 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Extended Reading:
Relying on God, I Got More Than a Job

2. How to Gain Encouragement in Adversity

How can we get encouragement in adversity? Please read these following encouraging Bible verses and articles, and you will benefit in unexpected ways!

Isaiah 41:10

Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD your God, he it is that does go with you; he will not fail you, nor forsake you.

Psalm 9:9-10

9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.   10 And they that know your name will put their trust in you: for you, LORD, have not forsaken them that seek you.

Joshua 1:9

Have not I commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be you dismayed: for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Extended Reading:
What Is Faith in God? How Can We Increase Our Faith?

3. Suffering Is God’s Blessings to Us

Do you know why difficult environments always befall us in life? The selected Bible verses and articles below will give you the answer.

James 1:2-4

2 My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

1 Corinthians 10:13

There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.

James 1:12

Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him.

Mark 8:34

And when he had called the people to him with his disciples also, he said to them, Whoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Romans 12:12

Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.

2 Corinthians 1:7

And our hope of you is steadfast, knowing, that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so shall you be also of the consolation.

1 Peter 1:6-7

6 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, you are in heaviness through manifold temptations:   7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found to praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 5:10

But the God of all grace, who has called us to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that you have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you.

Extended Reading:
The Value of Hardships – Reflection on Proverbs 1:32