Life is full of many challenges. With so much on our plates, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Thankfully, in these moments, we can turn to the Bible to encourage and inspire us. Scripture is full of words of wisdom to lift your spirits and guide you to live your lives the way God intends.
As 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us, "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work." We’ve compiled a list of inspirational Bible verses to meet you where you are and to help you grow in your relationship with God. Reflect on them yourself, or send them to a friend or loved one who could benefit from the reminder of some encouraging Bible verses.
Why Should We Turn to the Bible?
Before we get into our lists of inspirational Bible verses, let's take a moment to discuss why we ought to turn to the Bible at all. The Bible is known as the Word of God. Through scripture, God reveals His character and nature to us. When we read the Bible (see ''How to Read the Bible?''), we are reminded that we worship the Creator and Sustainer of all things; God is great and wonderful!
The Bible is also full of instructions for life. From the practical advice of Proverbs, to the calls to faith from prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah, to the lessons and teachings of Jesus found in the Gospels, there is so much wisdom here. Inspirational Bible verses and passages help us to renew our souls as we reflect on truth. No matter our circumstances, God is with us. When we are feeling discouraged, God reminds us of His plan. When we are afraid or terrified, the Lord our God reminds us to give Him our worries. When it feels like the world is against us, we remember God is for us. Be strong and courageous! The Bible is our greatest resource, a reminder of truth, and a source of hope in the Lord.
Encouraging Bible Verses About God’s Providence
No matter what we are balancing (or failing to balance), God is there for us. Take a moment to read through the following Bible verses centered around the plans and providence of the Lord your God.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’”
“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
"The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name."
"Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
1 Corinthians 15:58
"So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless."
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
"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 what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
These Bible verses remind us that God is in control and that He has a plan for us all. When the world feels uncertain, we can take heart and put our hope in the Lord and the future He has promised us. We can be encouraged as we continue pursuing God; the Lord is guiding all of our steps. When the plans we create and implement do not go according to plan, we can take a step back and wait for the Lord. God will never abandon us and, as Romans 8 says, if God is for us, who could stand against us?
Encouraging Bible Verses About Strength and Comfort
This next list of Bible verses offers words of comfort and assurance. In the midst of the struggles and obstacles you face, take a moment to read through these Bible verses about strength.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!”
"But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?"
1 Peter 5:7
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”
"No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord."
"I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit."
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”
When you find yourself in need of comfort and assurance, meditate upon some of these Bible verses. These Bible verses speak to the peace of Christ Jesus and the ultimate and unshakeable goodness of God. In the moments when your strength has run out, be comforted in the knowledge that the strength of the Lord endures forever. Jesus desires good for you; He has taken on the burdens of the world and He will take on your burdens too. These Bible verses assure us that Jesus doesn’t value the things the world tells us to value. When we reorient ourselves towards Him, we can find rest for our souls.
The Bible is the Word of God and our foundational source of inspiration and encouragement. As you go through life, whether you are in need of motivation, comfort, or peace, the Bible should be the first place you turn to! Being regularly in the Word of God will lead to spiritual growth and maturity. Studying the Bible is a tangible way to ensure that we are placing Christ Jesus at the center of our lives. Grow and strengthen your faith by reflecting upon scripture as a whole. We hope that this list of inspirational Bible verses encourages you, lifts your spirits, and helps you to stand firm in the faith.
It is important to have a Bible solely dedicated to helping you deepen your relationship to God through regular study. In these instances, the collection from Alabaster is a good place to start looking as you seek more ways to guide you along your journey.