8 Bible Verses on Having Strength in Hard Times
Bible Verses About Strength
Lately, I have been experiencing some very hard times in my life. It’s as though God has either forgotten about me, or He does not care anymore. It’s difficult being a young pastor with a young family. Bills usually come thick and fast, dealing with church matters is demanding and time-consuming even though it’s rewarding, and to conclude it, a family that expects my fullest attention, to be honest, it all feels overwhelming.
I have been trying my best to stay focus and keep my eyes on God, but even doing that is proving quite a task. It seems with every passing day I am getting weaker and weaker—nothing I do seems to work.
Being a pastor and believer of God. I have found myself in a dilemma. Should I give up and accept anything that comes my way, or should I continue to look to God for His deliverance?
It might surprise you, but it took a lot of encouragement from others, prayers, and a touch from God to choose the latter. You might think it strange of me being a pastor needed that much help to decide on the obvious, but it’s not until you are in such position that you see how weak and helpless you really are.
Everything hasn’t quiet work out yet, but two days ago God favored me with a financial need I was worrying about. And yesterday, the Lord intervened in two stressful situations that was causing me great pain. I do not have it all well put together, but I am seeing some encouraging signs.
In hard times, the devil has a way of drawing our focus on things that are going wrong in our lives. The devil is a master at work in his quest to frustrate us; he relentlessly attacks us in our vulnerable areas with the intent to frustrate us so that in the end we abandon our dreams and aspirations and even give up on God.
But I thank God that the devil failed in his plans to rob me of my hope and confidence in God, with the help of God, the scriptures, my family and friends, I was able to renew my mind and refresh my strength in God.
My season of hardship did not get the better of me, the scriptures above all helped me. And the good news is—the scriptures can help you too, it does not matter how bleak your circumstances may look right now—God has not forgotten you, and He surely cares about you. You might be struggling to catch a break, but God has something awesome in store for you.
So with that in mind, allow theses 8 bible verses about strength to ignite your soul with hope, and empower your spirit with strength.
1. Isaiah 40:29-31
"He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint."
Where does our strength come from? Our strength comes from the Lord. And the Lord is waiting to give strength to those who need it. But this strength does not come easy, it’s not just waiting on a plater for anyone that passes by. To get God‘s strength requires a total commitment of our will. Are we willing to surrender all of our lives to Him? Are we willing to commit everything that we are and desire to become into His hands? If our answers are yes to these questions, then we are ready to receive God‘s strength.
This passage of scripture starts by saying “God gives strength to the weak.” At some point, we all will experience some kind of weakness, especially when times are hard. But thankfully, God gives strength to the weak. When life pulls us down, God lifts us up. The fittest of the fit without God will fail, and the strongest of the strong without God will faint, but the weakest of the weak with God will overcome any difficulty and succeed in anything, but the key to this success is patience.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint,” (Isaiah 40:31)
Patience is a grace we should all posses, without it, we are fighting a losing battle with hardships. According to this verse, God gives strength to those who wait on Him. Those who wait for God’s deliverance will be rewarded with favors of every kind. When we choose to wait on God, we will fly as high as we desire to, we will run as fast as we want to, and we can dream as much as we are able to—God will give us the strength and grace to achieve it all.
2. Psalm 46:1
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
Riding out our storms while waiting on God will not be an easy task, but that’s where this verse comes in. While waiting on God, we are like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—three Hebrew boys who refused the king’s decree to bow to his idol. They knew that by refusing to bow to the king’s idol had deadly consequences, but they nevertheless refused. They confessed faith in God and acknowledged that God will deliver them, but if not, so be it, they were ready to die.
But thanks be to God who did not allow them to die. They were thrown bound into the fiery furnace. The furnace was then turned up ten times more than normal. Without God, these three young men didn't stand a chance of surviving the furnace's heat. But God did not abandon them, He sheltered them amid the fiery furnace.
The reality of this story is that our decision to wait on God will attract severe trials and hardships.
But interpreting this verse helps us to understand that God is our refuge. And a refuge is a place that provides protection from danger or distress.
God is our hiding place in difficult times. And just as He protected those three Hebrews boys who waited on Him—so likewise he will do for us.
When life throws its best punch to knock us out—God is our refuge.
3. Proverbs 18:10
"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe."
Similar to a refuge, a tower speaks of protection from danger. But it does not stop at protection only, it also speaks of elevation and strength. Unlike psalm 46:1, in this verse, we aren’t on the defense running for shelter from the devil’s attack, but rather, we are on the offensive line confronting our fears and troubles.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower, no device of the devil and man is able to penetrate the tower of God. God stands by His name, and His name is our strong tower.
Don’t give up, don’t be overwhelmed by your difficult circumstances, but rather confess faith in God, and begin to declare the promises of His word over your life and over anything that you desire to see change.
Don’t draw back, it’s your time to shine and push back every negative situation that has been working against you.
4. Habakkuk 3:19
"The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places."
Is there anyone or anything greater that our God? No, in this verse the psalmist declares that God is ruler over all—He is seated in the seat of power and control.
When hard times hit, we are always in need of the grace of strength to trust and wait on God. And thankfully, we don‘t have to look far because God is clothed with strength and deck with majesty. So when life “packs a mean punch” to knock you out—God is your strength.
Not only will God strengthen you, but He will also bless you with stability and stamina to do things others are afraid to do, and to conquer mountains others only dear to conquer.
5. Corinthians 12:9-10
"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. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions,in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."
Our weaknesses and experiences of hardships do not mean we are failures. But rather, our weaknesses and hardships are stepping stones for greatness.
Before we can scale any mountain—we must first walk the lonely valleys, we must first experience the relentless snow of winter before we inhale the warm fresh breeze of spring.
Hardships, in general, are meant to push us back, but God will use our hardships to push us ahead. And in these verses, Paul shares similar views. Instead of being depressed and frustrated by his challenges—he embraces them as an opportunity to see God power manifest in his life.
We can learn from Paul and apply the same principle to our lives, it wouldn’t hurt to try. Our hardships are opportunities to prove God.
6. Psalm 23:4
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
When our vision of life gets dark and our path in life seems uncertain—even then we can still trust God. Uncertain times in life is one if not, the most frustrating time in our lives. Not knowing what’s around the corner, not knowing what may happen next is sometimes too much to bear. But this verse has been a source of strength and comfort to me, it reveals that even in our most unstable and uncertain moments God is with us. At times we may not feel as though God is with us, but He is there—in our most unbearable moments.
You are not walking this lonely and dark valley alone, God is with you, and every step of the way He will comfort you.
7. Psalm 73:26
"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
The key to getting through hard times is by not putting our confidence in ourselves. At times we are tempted to believe we have everything under control, but according to this verse—our strength and understanding will fail. As human beings, we are limited in our strength and understanding of life, and there are challenges we may never overcome—even though we give it our best shot.
But with God’s strength and grace, we are more than conquerors, there is no trial too hard to endure, and mountain too steep to climb.
8. 1 Corinthians 10:13
"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it."
It’s always good to know that someone else has experienced and overcome the hard times we face. It’s a good practice to talk to and learn from others who have encountered tough times. Learn from them, study their success and when possible apply their principles. Of course, we must be guided by the Holy Spirit, but it’s God will. By learning from others, we will find that some trials we struggle with are quite easy to overcome if we apply the principles from others’ success. Don’t listen to the devil, he will try his to get you isolated, and then fill your mind with his lies.
There is always a way out of our testings, but we must know where to look, a clue—just learn from others with the help of the Holy Spirit.
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