12 Scriptures For Trusting God In Difficult Times

The book of Acts gives us a pretty clear idea of what things were like for the first believers, after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. It was glorious and dangerous, all at once, a truly difficult time for the believers.

We all have truly difficult times. It’s often in those hardest of situations that we struggle with trusting God. It may feel like He has forgotten us, and we sometimes doubt during these times if He is even hearing our prayers. Often we don’t know how to pray or what to ask Him for.

In the early days, after Jesus ascended to heaven, the disciples were afraid that they would be next to be caught and killed for being associated with Jesus. Their faith wavered as they weren’t sure what was to become of them.

But as they waited for the Holy Spirit to arrive as Jesus had promised, they started putting together all that he had told them while He was with them. His words came back to them and suddenly, as they remembered, they understood so much. 

Jesus answered them, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.”   John 13:7 (ESV)

Trusting God In Difficult Times Bible Verses

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When the Holy Spirit was revealed, their confidence and their faith soared, and they began to preach the words of Jesus in earnest. They moved forward with the instructions Jesus gave to them and to every believer, to “Go into all the world” with the gospel message. And they did it boldly. They saw much success. They were persecuted. Times were difficult. 

John 16:33

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” 

‭They lived out the words of Jesus and knew well what He meant when He warned them of what it would be like for them. But they accepted the troubles and tribulations with the peace of the Lord, because they fully trusted that Jesus had overcome the world. 

Deuteronomy4:7

For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is to us, whenever we call upon Him?  Deuteronomy 4:7

They could see clearly all the way back to the Torah, where God had promised to be with His people whenever they called upon Him. They knew that things were going just the way God intended, even though they experienced plenty of difficulties. 

James 1:2-4

Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.  (CSB)

They endured unbelievable things with great faith, considering themselved honored to suffer for the sake of Jesus, who had suffered all to pay the price for human sin. They endured the trials and testing of of their faith with great joy

Romans 5:3-5

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.  

Throughout Christian history, the population of believers multiplied most during times of great persecution. This is a phenomenon only attributed to God. These early believers didn’t let a little (or a lot of) trouble get them down. They knew with certainty that God’s love was with them and that there was nothing, not even death, that could take away His love. 

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Romans 8:5-38

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.   Romans 8: 35-38

How Are You Doing With Trusting God In Difficult Times?

So, these teachers, preachers, and gospel-spreaders, they were fully trusting, fully believing, and passionate in their trust. They were succeeding and multiplying against all odds. They had great confidence in God, not in themselves. How are we doing with this in our day??

Have you been through a difficult time? Are you in one now? Most people can say yes to at least one of these questions, yet in our culture, we may not be able to identify with having faced the threat of life and limb on account of our Christian beliefs. 

Your difficulty may not be because of your faith. You may be experiencing the loss of a loved one, health problems, financial trouble, relationship issues, or something else. God is aware of whatever it is that we suffer. He truly cares, and He is always working behind the scenes.

Even if you aren’t suffering specifically for your faith, trusting God for the outcome is still a faith issue. It’s a matter of faith to say “I trust in my God no matter what”, and maybe even harder to praise Him in the storm.

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According to the Bible, we must trust God in all kinds of difficulties. Whatever hard things we are facing right now are the things God has chosen for us for this time. In facing trials, can we claim the same scriptures as these strong disciples, and come through with stronger faith? Below are a few tips:

Focus On God, Because He Is Trustworthy

One thing that I noticed as I read the book of Acts was the strong focus the disciples had on God. There is no mention of them questioning the authorities, or rebelling, or protesting. They were thrown into jails and threatened with their lives, and they went on without hesitation or fear of their accusers. Their focus was remarkable. 

And I had to ask myself: Where is my focus when I’m going through trouble, when I feel I’m being wronged, when my feelings are hurt, or when life is just so hard? I realized that too often my focus is on my situation and not on the One who can get me through it. 

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Learn How To Trust God From The Scriptures

Here are a few more Scripture verses that can teach us a lot about how to trust God when times are hard. When I contrast my life with that of those who suffered for Him through the ages, I find no real comparison. Hard times? Difficulty? Troubles? Read on:

  • The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know Your name put their trust in You, for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9: 9-10
  •  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea. Psalm 46:1-2
  • Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
  • But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed, perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.  2 Corinthians 4: 7-9
  • So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the thing that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18
  • 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. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
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These Scriptures about trusting God in difficult times are much more meaningful when we think about their original purpose, and why they were written to begin with. I pray that you will see God as bigger than any difficulty, believing that as you trust in Him, He will get you through victoriously. Victoriously.

Do Not Fear, Only Believe

In closing, I have one more very short Bible verse to share. Maybe this one would be good for memorizing and pulling out of your head when you’re knee-deep in troubled times. The backstory of this verse is that Jesus was on His way to heal a little girl whose father had come frantically to get Him for help. On the way to the child, they were met by a crowd who informed the father not to bother because his little girl was now dead. It was too late. But, Jesus’ response is priceless and timeless: 

But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue (the father), “Do not fear, only believe.”

And then He continued to walk on, and entered the house. He kicked everyone out and then He healed the little girl back to life. 

Whatever you are up against, I remind you – DO NOT FEAR, ONLY BELIEVE. I promise you that what God can do is far beyond your imagination.

DO NOT FEAR, ONLY BELIEVE.

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  • “The fear is suffocating, terrorizing, and I want the remedy, and it is trust. Trust is everything.” (Ann Voskamp)
  • “Whatever dark tunnel we may be called upon to travel through, God has been there.” (Elisabeth Elliot)
  • “We must cease striving and trust God to provide what He thinks is best and in whatever time He chooses to make it available. But this kind of trusting doesn’t come naturally. It’s a spiritual crisis of the will in which we must choose to exercise faith.”  (Charles Swindoll)
  • “If we cannot believe God when circumstances seem to be against us, we do not believe Him at all.” (Charles Spurgeon)
  • “…faith says, “I trust You even though I don’t understand.”  (John Bevere)
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