Dexter loves to read, study, and share the word of God with love.
An encouraging word can make all the difference. Whether it's encouragement from oneself or from others, encouragement is important. Especially when we consider that "Man, that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble, " (Job 14:1).
This text is referring to Job, a humble servant of God, expressing his distress in the midst of overwhelming trials. Job's trials were ever so present that even his friends seemingly encouraging words didn't suffice. Job concluded that man's life is full of troubles.
Even though the encouragement from Job's friends didn't appear to help him - the impact of encouragement should not be minimized. We shouldn't neglect the impact of encouragement, especially in trying times. Sometimes, it takes only one encouraging word to inspire us to hope again
But does Job's conclusion ring a bell? I'm sure it does for some, and for others, it's just a matter of time until you experience this harsh reality.
It's true that trials form a normal part of our lives, we can't escape them. But some trials are extremely difficult to handle, to the point where we just want to throw in the towel.
But giving up isn't the answer, failure does not mean defeat, and discouragement is not a sign of weakness. Great men and women, revolutionary ideas and inventions were born from great adversities.
When life throws you down, get back up, and fight again. You are a champion, God created you to dominate, and conquer anything that stands before you and your dreams. You are the captain of your dreams and aspirations.
The difference between victory and defeat, failure and success; lies in the encouragement you receive. Whether you encourage yourself, or someone encourages you, encouragement makes the difference.
But let's be real, finding encouragement in hard times can prove difficult. And no wonder Job, a man of great faith, didn't find comfort in his friends' attempt to encourage him. Job wanted to die and leave His troubles behind, but that wasn't God's plan.
But where do you find encouragement, not momentary encouragement, but lasting, and inspirational encouragement? The answer is in God's word, the Bible. The Bible is filled with encouraging words of inspiration and hope.
So with that in mind, here are five encouraging scripture verses that will help you to stay focus and strong when life throws you discouragement and frustration.
Encouraging Scripture Verses
1. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."
- Encouragement from others.
The Bible says that iron sharpens iron. And this text represents God's admonish for us to encourage each other. I have seen over the years that when people are discouraged, they isolate themselves for lengthy periods, but that isn't the best thing to do, and it's a mistake that discouraged people make. When we isolate ourselves for long periods and ignore Christian fellowship, we are closing doors of opportunities to find encouragement. God knows that life's trials will weaken our resolves, and dim our perspectives, so He instructs us to find encouragement in the company of others.
The fact that this verse says to encourage each other means that God knows we need it, and also He has someone strategically placed to encourage us. There have been times in my life when I abandon Christian fellowship and allowed discouragement to get the better of me, and it proved to my detriment. Isolating ourselves is never a good option, it's the devil's plan to lure us deeper into the abyss of grief and discouragements. But don't allow him to, instead focus your efforts on regular Christian fellowship, and keep in touch with friends and families. The idea is to begin talking to someone. Sometimes, encouragement comes from people we least expect.
2. Psalm 46:1
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
- Encouragement in God's presence.
When we need an encouraging word, we can find it in God's presence. There were times in my life when my troubles were insurmountable, that I just wanted to be alone. I didn't want to hear anything from anyone, neither was I interested in talking to anyone. Even though that wasn't ideal, it's a reality, and it happens more often than not. The same is true for some of us, at times you just want to be alone, in a quiet place to cry and pour out your grief and sorrows. And rightly so, because God understands, tears are languages God knows.
This text says that God is our refuge, He's our hiding place. When life's storms cause us to cry - God is our refuge, He's our source of encouragement. We find strength and encouragement in Him. We can pour out our grieve and complaints before our heavenly father, He will listen, and He will extend His helpful hands, and rescue us.
There is no condition, whether great or small that God cannot fix, and there is no heart so broken that God cannot restore. Our lives are in God's hand, and He will help us when we are down and without hope. He will shelter, and encourage us when we are fearful and want to give up.
3. 1 Chronicle 29:12
“Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign overall. In Your hand is power and might; in Your hand, it is to make great and to give strength to all.”
- Success comes from God.
If failure is the root of your discouragement, then this encouraging verse may help you. The text says that both riches and honor come from the Lord, success is in His hands, He knows how to turn our failures into success. We are not alone, Moses, Elijah, Peter, and many other great men from the Bible at some point in their lives failed, but they rediscovered their faith in God, and He restored them with success.
It doesn't matter how many times you fall, but what matters the most is that you rediscover your faith in God, pick yourself up, and live again. Faith in God is paramount to success, it's God's will that we succeed in everything we do.
The Bible says that we are the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath. If we take God at His words, He will change our lives, regardless of our profession or job description, God will promote us with success.
4. Isaiah 40:31
"But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
- Wait on God.
It's beneficial and wise to wait on the Lord. Life's troubles can suck the strength out of us until there is none left to do anything else. Just imagine doing every possible to get by, but most of your attempts are greeted by discouragements. For some, it's a single mother trying to keep the family together under hard circumstances, a father with deteriorating health, trying his very best to make ends meet, or even a college grad struggling to deal with the challenges of the post-college life. Whatever the title or description - trials are meant to discourage us.
But this encouraging scipture verse gives us hope, it says that those who wait on the Lord, and resist the temptation to give up will receive strength from the Lord. The Lord will restore the strength of those who wait patiently for His help.
Not only will the Lord restore our strength but He will cause us to succeed in areas that brought us discouragements before. He will give us insight and foresight that others don't know about.
When others are struggling to get by, to find solutions to their problems, God says His children won't experience the same. Others will fall by the wayside of defeat and discouragement, but those who wait on the Lord will soar beyond their wildest dreams and expectations.
5. Psalm 63:5
"My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips."
- Hope in God.
Without hope, our dreams and aspirations are fading flowers. Hope is a virtue that adds life to our expectations. This text is referring to David, the King of Israel, encouraging himself to hope in God.
What is striking about this text is the fact that David was once King of Isreal, but now found himself in exile from Jerusalem. David's exile experience wasn't a pleasant one, many nights he cried himself to sleep, but he didn't lose hope.
David didn't allow discouragement to get the better of him, he was convinced that God will one day restore him as King of Isreal.
When we find ourselves amid life's storms, this text reminds us to hope, to hope in God. David was rightly paying for his wicked deeds, but that didn't deter him from hoping in God.
We may not commit the sins that David committed, but we will encounter the hopelessly that he encountered. How we respond to hopelessness is the difference between fulfillment and defeat.
Hopelessness brings discouragement, and discouragement, defeat. But God created us to live in hope, to expect Him to favor us with His many blessings. So whether we are in the valley of defeat, or on the mountain of success, God expects us to hope in Him.
Final thoughts on these encouraging scripture verses
It's always recommended that you read the Bible, meditate and pray daily. The more you give yourself to the things of God, the greater your chances are of seeing results. If God didn't mean what He said, He wouldn't have gone through the trouble to give us these encouraging scripture verses. If you find these Bible verses helpful, and you have a few of your own - share them in your comments below.
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