When we’re going through hard circumstances, how do we muster the faith to get through? Faith isn’t something we can drum up on our own by simply feeling it or trying harder. When our faith is flagging because of difficult circumstances, we need Bible verses to build faith in the hard.
Faith is a gift from God and scripture tells us it comes by hearing His Word.
When we’re walking through difficulty, we need more than ever to be in scripture. I’ve come to call this my daily great exchange – the process of taking doubts, discouragement and worry to God, opening His word and receiving His encouragement, renewed strength, and a reminder of His promises.
When Dan died, I was only be able to face each day and a scary, uncertain future because I pressed hard into God and His truth. I needed the reassurance of scripture every day to help me make decisions, to bring peace when everything felt upended, to wrestled through hard questions and to remind me that God could only be faithful.
I saw God bind up my broken heart whether I was reading in Leviticus or Nehemiah, Psalms or Zephaniah. God’s Word is filled with promises that bring us hope and strengthen our heart in the hard.
So many verses became life and hope to me. I wrote them in my journal and copied them onto cards to help me strengthen and renew my faith. Today, I’m sharing 18 favorite Old Testament Bible verses to build faith in hard circumstances.
Exodus 14:13-14: Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Deuteronomy 32:39: See now that I myself am He! There is no god beside me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand.
Joshua 23:14: …You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.
2 Samuel 22:2, 17, 20, 26: The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer….He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters…he brought me into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me…To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless.
Job 16:19-21: Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high. My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend.
Psalm 20:7-8: Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.
Psalm 30:2-3, 5, 11-12: O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me. O LORD, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down into the pit. …weeping may last for a night but rejoicing comes in the morning…You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.
Psalm 34:18-19: The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.
Psalm 63:6-7: On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.
Psalm 71:20: Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.
Psalm 94:18-19: When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your love, O LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.”
Psalm 121:2-3: My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth, He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber.
Jeremiah 17:7-8: But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; it leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
Lamentations 3:21-23: Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Joel 2:25: I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten.
Nahum 1:7: The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him…
Habakkuk 3:17-19: Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.
Zephaniah 3:17: The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
What about you? I’d love to hear in the comments what Bible verses have been especially helpful to you.
Wendy Lenhart says
Which Bible version do you enjoy? I understand the NIV.
Lisa Appelo says
Wendy, these are all quoted from the NIV, but I use both my NIV and New King James Bibles.
Irene Talaasen says
Most of those verses I have marked in my bible over and over again!! Also Isaiah 41:10 and 41:13
Lisa Appelo says
Irene, I love Isaiah 41:10 — that’s a great verse.
In our weekly Bible study we have been discussing faith. Just this week the lesson asked for our ‘favorite’ verses. After everyone shared theirs, we concluded – just as you did, Lisa – that God’s Word is ALIVE and no matter who we are or what we may be dealing with, there is a truth/promise in Scripture that we can grab hold of and stand on! How amazing is our God??? HalleluYah! Thank You, Jesus!!
Nimal Perera says
Yes. It’s very true. It is what givesbus the power. Praise God.
Lisa Appelo says
Thank you Lisa, we need to be reminded daily of the love of God. I am enjoying reading your website.
God bless you
*”Position yourself, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.” II Chron 20
*”I would have fainted had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Ps 27:13
*”My voice You will hear in the morning O Lord. In the morning I lift it to You and I look up.” Ps 5:3
*”I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” Jer 31:3
. . .on and on. . .
Taken to my heart during a very difficult time. Thank you for sharing and for the opportunity to share Jesus.
Lisa Appelo says
2 Chronicles 20 is a powerful chapter and has undone me more than once. Thank you for sharing…so grateful for God’s healing Word.
This song by Ellie Holcolmb is called The Broken Beautiful and she sings Psalm 30:11 toward the end, so I thought I would share 🙂 There’s something so powerful about turning Scripture into song. Maybe it’s that God’s Word is so easily hidden in my heart when there’s a melody to it. I hope this link below works.
Lisa Appelo says
Thank you for that, Ashley. I was listening to that not too many nights ago. Good to listen again. 🙂
Betsy de Cruz says
Beautiful encouragement here today, Lisa, to dig into God’s Word. The last few months have been trying for several different reasons, and I’m also finding His word gives so much strength. I love some of these verses myself. looking forward to pinning and sharing. This goes right along with my message and my heart!
I love these Lisa! Definitely saving these for future reference. What a great list!
Kristi Woods says
What a good list! And the screensaver? You continue to amaze me, Lisa. So good. I’ll be posting this one on fb tomorrow.
Keri Underwood says
Joshua 23:14 and Habakkuk 3:17-19 are two of my favorites so I was delighted to see them here 🙂 These are so wonderful and so encouraging! I’m saving them for a time I know I will need them, Thank you for sharing these 🙂
Aimee Imbeau says
This is such a great list of scripture verses…more than enough to encourage the weary heart! Thanks for sharing at Grace and Truth.
I was really struck by your comment “His Word is rich with promises made and promises kept and it accomplishes so much for us when we can barely lift our head for the day.” Great post for pointing us back to the word.
Debbie Williams says
Lisa you’ve added a few verses I had not underlined. Thank you. Love these.
Thank you for this.I so much needed this in my life right now
Akok Kiir says
My name is Akok, I am from South Sudan I live in Melbourne. I come across and find the verses you share with faithful people believe in Jesus and I am one of them believe our Lord Jesus Christ. I want share with you, daily bible in your website. Could you please send to me any verses you read them, because I want build my faith to be with Jesus. I believe you and others believe Jesus, you can help me to share with you daily bible reading. Thank you for your encouragement verses words of God. I would looking forward to hear from you as soon as you can.
Hi! Love this list but thought I would let you know that the scripture you have marked as Psalm 24:18-19 is actually 34:18-19.
Lisa Appelo says
Thank you, Patty. 🙂
The word of the lord is quick and powerful sharper than any two edged sword… thanks for uplifting my soul this morning. God bless you.
Thankyou for sharing May God continue to bless you
Lisa Appelo says
Thank you, Linda. <3
Lisa, Thank you SO much for your contributions. They are very meaningful to me.
lilian Humbo says
Actually God promises are true and real we have seen in our family