What do you do when you start feeling anxious, troubled, scared? Do you pray? Do you run to a spouse, a friend, a family member?
I wish I could say I always cry out to Him first. But I don’t.
I feel like it’s up to me to fix something, deal with trouble, solve a problem.
But it’s not.
God is always there.
How can I focus every bit of my heart – in every moment of life – on Him first, rather than on worry or “self-sufficiency.” How do I train my heart to seek His shelter rather than scrounge for my own?
A few ways helping me so far (and maybe able to help you?): Store up His Word in our hearts! Seek out verses to memorize, leading to quick recall when those trying times occur. Place His Word first in our hearts over and over and over again so we form a habit of going to Him first.
How can we find these guiding verses?
- Pray first for God to open your heart to His leading and heighten your awareness of applicable verses for your situation.
- Use a concordance (found in most study bibles) to find a topic (I searched for grief, trouble, fear, worry…) and read verses listed.
- Use online bible study resourcesto search a specific topic.
- Study one passage (a chapter, a book) for several days in a row, asking God to lead you to needed truths at the right times.
Ten Verses for Trying Times
Here are ten verses I’ve found helpful in getting through hard times:
- Hebrews 12:7 – Hardships train us.
- Psalm 27:13-14 – Wait for and trust in Him in all things.
- Psalm 16:7-8 – God counsels.
- Psalm 34:2-5 – God hears.
- Psalm 34:18 – Brokenhearted? He remains near. (Our Run To Him reading for this week speaks on His redeeming us from troubles!)
- 1 Thessalonians 5:8-11 – We need not hold on to grief for we have His hope and joy in the midst of grief.
- Psalm 10:14 – God sees our troubles and helps.
- John 16:19-24, 33 – Grief caused by this age will be wiped away in the age to come. (John 16:33 is one of my personal favorites.)
- 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 – God comforts our troubles, and then we can share His comfort with others going through similar troubles.
- 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 – These troubles, no matter how severe they are, are nothing compared to the eternal glory coming. I have to remind myself of this perspective sometimes.
How does God share what you need through His Word?