Hope In Hard Times: 50 Powerful Bible Verses

By David Small •  Updated: 01/06/22 •  12 min read

Hope in difficult times, is it really possible? When we read the Bible, the Word of God, we find comfort in our lives.

In an uncertain world, we need to cling to hope. Fortunately, there are countless Bible verses about hope that are worth reading, pondering, and integrating into our lives.

The Scriptures are full of Bible verses that provide comfort and strength. We must stand firm in difficult times, never give up – and depend on God to navigate rough waters.

Here are 50 bible verses about hope in hard times.

Verses of hope for hard times

Putting our hope in God alone and only, not an abatement of pain or amelioration of circumstances, is the only remedy for hard times.

When we have learned to constantly preach this truth to ourselves, then we will be equipped to counsel others through trials that leave us overwhelmed exceedingly beyond our strength.

  1. Isaiah 41:10

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

  1. Philippians 4: 12-13

I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things, I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

  1. Psalm 46: 1-3

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed,

And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

  1. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.

  1. Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

  1. Psalm 22:19

But You, O LORD, do not be far from Me; O My Strength, hasten to help Me!

  1. Proverbs 18:10

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.

  1. Isaiah 40:29

He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might, He increases strength.

  1. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

  1. Isaiah 12:2

Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the LORD is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.

  1. Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

The basis of our hope is Jesus

It is by the mercy of God that we have hope. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, God opened the way so that we can draw closer to him and that we can receive the abundant life that he wants to give us.

Our hope is part of that abundant life. This reality should bring joy and praise to our hearts. How can we not praise and thank so much mercy and kindness?

  1. 1 Peter 1:3

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead

  1. Romans 5:3-5

And not only that but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

  1. 1 Thessalonians 1:3

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father

  1. Colossians 1:27

To them, God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

  1. Ephesians 1:18

the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints

  1. Hebrews 10:23

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

  1. Ephesians 2:8-10

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

  1. John 4:13-14

Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

  1. Romans 15:13

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Our hope is eternal

When we face adversity clinging to God and persevere in the midst of difficulties, we see our hope grow and our character increasingly reflects the character of Christ.

This is possible because the Holy Spirit fills our hearts and confirms that we have God’s presence and help every step of the way.

We can look up from the situation and challenging times. God is our strength and courage

  1. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. The things which are seen are temporary, but the things that are not seen are eternal.

  1. Nahum 1:7

Good is the LORD! It is a stronghold in the day of trouble and knows those who take refuge in it.

  1. Habakkuk 3:19

The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills.

  1. Jeremiah 16:19

O Lord, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in the day of affliction. The Gentiles shall come to You from the ends of the earth and say, “Surely our fathers have inherited lies, Worthlessness, and unprofitable things.”

  1. Psalm 3:2-6

Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; My glory, and the lifter up of mine head. I cried unto the LORD with my voice, And he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.

I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, That have set themselves against me round about.

  1. Isaiah 43:1-2

But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.

  1. Job 11:18-19

And you would be secure because there is hope; Yes, you would dig around you, and take your rest in safety. You would also lie down, and no one would make you afraid; Yes, many would court your favor.

  1. Romans 15:4

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

Consider every joy in trials and difficult times!

In the letter of James 1: 2-4, it is written that we must: “count it all joy when we fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of our faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

How can we have joy in difficult times? What makes it possible to remain in faith when experiencing trials that are difficult to endure?

We can only find these encouraging promises in the Word of God that give us courage and strengthen our faith.

If we believe in these Bible verses, we will always have strength and courage in difficult times, and our hope will never fail.

  1. 1 Peter 5:10

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

  1. 1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

  1. Hebrews 4:14-16

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Let us, therefore, come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

  1. Jeremiah 32:27

Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?

  1. John 14: 26-27

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you,

My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

  1. 1 Peter 1:6-7

In this, you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials.

That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

  1. Psalm 55:22

Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

  1. Ephesians 6:10

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.

  1. Psalm 18: 2

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer. My God, my [a]strength, in whom I will trust. My shield and the [b]horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Bible verses about hope during the Pandemic

Many of us are feeling overwhelmed by the pandemic. Faced with a new increase in cases and deaths, even with the vaccine in several countries, we still haven’t overcome this disease, and hope can sometimes be lacking.

Maybe you know a friend, relative, or co-worker who needs support and security right now due to losing a family member or unemployment or depression… Anyway, whatever the pain, faith can help us not lose hope and the confidence that God is always with us.

Find peace in God’s Word with these encouraging Bible quotes filled with hope to uplift and inspire your inner strength during these hard times.

  1. Matthew 11:28

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

  1. Mark 4:40

But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”

  1. John 14:1

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.

  1. John 14:27

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

  1. John 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

  1. Romans 8:38-39

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  1. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.

  1. 2 Corinthians 1:10

who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us

  1. Ephesians 6:13

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

  1. Philippians 4:6-7

Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

  1. 1 John 5:14

Now, this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

  1. 1 Peter 5:7

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

  1. Revelation 21:4

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more. There will be no mourning, crying, or pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

In conclusion

I sincerely hope that these good-natured inspirational bible verses about hope in hard times have touched your life deeply. And that through them, you will find hope to continue standing and on the journey.

Something I strongly recommend to you is memorizing some of these verses. That way, you can remember and recite them whenever you need strength and courage in any area of your life.

David Small

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