Verses for When Times are Tough

God’s provision is so very amazing, it  takes my breath away. We’ve weathered several very rough storms and come out on the other end better for it; to the point now that I just know that everything is going to work out.  And yet, I remember the terror and the worry and the burden I have felt.  Even now as I am going through another season where joy is a challenge, I know of God’s provision and His amazing Love and generosity.

Over time I’ve built my own “self-talk”, if you will, based on various verses. Some have become mantras, which I play in my head to counter act the negative that seeps in. If you are facing difficult times, especially difficult financial times, I pray that through all you are going through you will find your own “knowing” and peace.  Like with his request to Abraham to sacrifice his son (gen 22), He can ask us to do some very difficult things, make sacrifices that we wouldn’t ordinarily want to make; but it always seems to work out.  Below are a selection of the verses that help me; hopefully some here will help you as well.

 …Shannon

For Hope and Strength:

Matthew 17:20 and Luke 17:6  – For all you need is faith of a mustard seed – Believe it will work out!

2nd Corinthians 3:4-5 – our competence comes from God

Philippians 4:4-6 – don’t worry, God has it under control

Philippians 4:13 – All things are possible through HIM

2 Timothy 1:7

Isaiah 40:27-31

Joshua 1:9  – be strong…the Lord is with you…

 To Soothe the soul when it all feels overwhelming:

John 14:27

Psalm 5:7-8

Psalm 91:2

Isaiah 41:10

On God’s Provision:

            Matthew 6:25-34 (God’s instructions re: worry & provision)

            1 Kings 17 (2 examples)

            2 Kings 4 (jars of oil)

            Ruth 2

 These sermon notes have great examples of God’s provision: http://www.brandonweb.com/gbt/sermonpages/genesis36.htm

 For a reminder that this too shall pass:

            Ecclesiastes 3:1-8  – there is a season for eveything and it won’t always be like this.

 God has a Plan and this is for good:

            Jeremiah 29:11 

            Psalm 139

            Philippians 2:13

 On the importance of putting the vision, plan on paper

            Habakkuk 2:2-3

 For perseverance and attitude adjustment in times of trial

            James 1:2-6

            James 1:12
    
     Romans 5:3

            Romans 12: 3-18

            2 Corinthians 4:16-18

            2 Corinthians 6:4

            2 Corinthians 12: 9-10

            Philippians 2:14

            Philippians 4:11-12

            Hebrews 3

            Hebrews 12

 On helping others when facing our own challenges

            Galations 6:9-10

            2 Corinthians 8:7

            2 Corinthinas 9:6-15

            1 Thessalonians 5:11

And as a reminder not to take things out on my husband:

 Proverbs 21:9

 Proverbs 21:19

 Proverbs 27:15

 Proverbs 25:24

 Proverbs 19:13

 Proverbs 17:15
 
 Proverbs 5:18

 Proverbs 12:4

 Proverbs 31:10

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