12 Uplifting Bible Verses for Faith in Hard Times

Are you wondering…

What does the Bible say about having faith in hard times?

Let’s face it. Life is hard! Really hard. Some days are tough to get through. And we all need a little encouragement every now and then.

There are so many stressful moments we struggle with each day. Maybe it’s the little things that add up and drive us crazy. Or maybe we’re facing much bigger problems in life.

Either way, we can take comfort in God’s promises. He is faithful! And the Word of God provides comfort anytime we need it.

No matter what you’re going through, I truly hope these Uplifting Bible Verses for Faith in Hard Times will give you the strength to carry on.

So, let’s jump in and discover…

How do you keep your faith strong in tough times?


Favorite Bible Verse about Faith

The substance of our faith keeps us going in hard times.

We may not be able to see faith with our eyes, but just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t real.

We believe in gravity, yet we can’t see it. But we know that gravity is real and exists because we feel it and experience it for ourselves.

Likewise, we know our faith in Jesus is real because we feel it in our hearts and experience it in our daily lives.

This is the substance of our faith and the hope that is within us. It is the reality that we have Jesus, and He has us. If we truly believe in Jesus, then we have the assurance of our faith because we “see” it in our lives.

These two verses speak directly to this kind of “blind faith”. They are the biblical definition of faith and show us what having faith in difficult times looks like.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

                                               Hebrews 11:1


Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

                                             2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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Short Bible Verses about Faith in Hard Times

These scriptures on faith in hard times are short and sweet. But very powerful!

They’re a great way to start the day or be reminded of God’s love and faithfulness when difficult situations arise in your life.

So, let’s read some great Bible verses about faith that will keep us going through bad times and good times.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

                                               Galatians 2:20 NIV


Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.

                                               Hebrews 4:14 NIV


Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

                                            Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB


By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,

                                           Hebrews 11:17 NIV


By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.

                                         Hebrews 11:30 ESV


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.

                                         Romans 15:13 NKJV


Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.

                                         2 Thessalonians 3:16 ESV


Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

                                        1 Timothy 6:12 NIV


I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

                                         2 Timothy 4:7 NIV


Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.

                                          James 2:26 NLT

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Encouraging Bible Verses on Faith and Strength

Our faith is a firm place to stand when we are scared.

It’s so easy to be discouraged and feel defeated when things don’t go our way. We become scared of what tomorrow will bring and wonder if it will ever get better.

But our faith in Jesus is our security and firm place to stand. When our faith is shaken, and life tries to tear us down, Jesus gives us strength and bravery.

So, stand fast in the faith and be strengthened by the One who died to set us free. Run to Him and find safety and unshakable ground.

The good news is, God’s Word is full of Bible Verses on Faith for times like this. And the best way to conquer fear is to turn to these scriptures for strength.

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

                                        1 Corinthians 16:13 NKJV

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

                                        1 Corinthians 16:13 NIV

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

                                          Proverbs 18:10

The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you, He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged.

                                        Deuteronomy 31:8


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.

                                      Isaiah 41:10 New King James Version


The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

                                         Exodus 15:2 ESV


May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

                                        1 Thessalonians 3:13 NIV


In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

                                        1 Peter 1:6-7 ESV


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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

                                       2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

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Comforting Psalms for Difficult Times

The book Psalms is full of wonderful descriptions of God’s love and protection.

In fact, there are too many to list here, so I encourage you to seek out these comforting scriptures on trusting God in difficult times for yourself.

To get you started here are some of my favorite Bible Verses about Faith in Hard Times straight from the book of Psalms.

They always give me comfort and inspiration when I’m feeling knocked down. I hope they will lift you up and give you comfort as you trust God and follow Him.

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

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.


Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

                                             Psalm 46:1-5; 10


I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.

Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!

                                              Psalm 27:13-14


The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

                                              Psalm 9:9 ESV


Hear my prayer, O Lord, Give ear to my supplications! In Your faithfulness answer me, And in Your righteousness.

                                             Psalm 143:1 NKJV


You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah

                                          Psalm 32:1 New King James Version


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Best Bible Verses for Faith in Hard Times

There is no doubt that hardships will come in life, but with Jesus we have victory!

Hard times seem to sneak up and hit us out of nowhere. When we least expect them, they show up like an uninvited party guest who just won’t leave.

But the Bible tells us that we should expect hardships in this life and that we should find joy in them.

I know what you’re thinking because I’m thinking it too. How can we possibly find joy in suffering?

Well, it all goes back to Jesus. He suffered for us, and He promised that we would suffer for His namesake.

But we shouldn’t let it get us down. Because even though we are participants in the suffering of Christ, we are also participants in His victory too!

With Jesus, our current circumstances fade away in the light of eternity. We are victorious over this world and the hardships we face! And it’s all because of Jesus and His glory!

So, let’s look for God’s goodness and celebrate the victory we have in Jesus by reading these Bible verses for hard times.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

                                                   James 1:2-4

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

                                                  1 Peter 4:12-13

 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed-

                                                   2 Corinthians 4:8-9

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, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

                                               1 Peter 1:6-9

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

                                               1 Corinthians 15:57


Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,  I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

                                             Philippians 3:13-14 ESV


Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

                                            Hebrews 12:1 NIV

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

                                            Hebrews 12:2 NKJV


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

                                           2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NKJV


Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

                                            Matthew 6:26-27 NIV


For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

                                            Romans 8:18-19 NKJV


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Each of these Uplifting Bible Verses for Faith in Hard Times reminds us of God’s faithfulness.

Yes, we face tough times in life. But God’s promises are always true. He is with us. He is for us. And He will never leave us alone in our despair.

With God all things are possible. Even faith in hard times.

So, take heart, the Lord is with you. Have perseverance, keep the faith and claim the victory in Jesus‘ name!

A Prayer for Troubled Times

Heavenly Father, thank you that Your promises are true. Please help me to persevere and keep the faith during both the easy and hard times. And help me to claim the victory!

In Jesus Name, Amen!

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