We have all been through hard times that have challenged us with trusting God in the storm. I speak peace to you as I share these life-changing Bible verses about trusting God in difficult times. Let’s learn together what the Word of God says about trusting Him.
It’s easy to say that Christians should always be trusting God but there are times when we may feel overwhelmed with the storm around us that we lose sight of our trust in God. Fear and worry sneaks in the back door.
That reminds me of Peter when Jesus called to him to meet him on the water. Peter had his eyes firmly fixed on Jesus and trusted Him as he stepped out of the boat. He found himself walking on water as he took several steps toward Jesus, Matthew 14:29. Then something must have caught his eye as he looked at the waves and allowed fear to overtake him.
Jesus helped to refocus Peter’s attention on Him again and walked with him back to the boat.
That’s what Jesus wants to do for you. He wants to have your attention focused on Him so you can walk through your day in faith and trust in God.
And yes, storms are going to come your way. Believers should not expect to escape storms as Jesus said in John 16:33 that “ye shall have tribulation.” And John repeated the very same words in Revelation 2:10.
So, what does that mean? It means we need to be trusting God in difficult times as well as the good times. It means refusing to let fear overwhelm us but let faith rule us.
Trusting God in Difficult Times
A few years ago, my husband and I went through a difficult time that cost us financially, including having to downsize from a 4-bedroom home to a 2-bedroom apartment.
Talk about trusting God in the storm! He became our lifeline as there was nothing else we could do. Every day we looked to Him for help. God was faithful and showed us through His Word that He had this, that He would deliver us.
God was faithful and God continues to be faithful.
Trusting God in difficult times also shows how deep your faith has grown. When you don’t know what is coming at you around the next corner but yet you can say that God is with you, then you have begun to walk in faith and trust in God.
In Isaiah 41:10, it says, Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
God made this passage very real to me, Isaiah 41:10-13, and as I read and prayed it daily the truth of His promise became my lifeline so to speak as it carried me for several months.
Here’s how we were able to stay focused on God during our trial. These 9 steps were very helpful as we applied God’s truth in our lives.
Have you sought God for a promise to carry you through your difficult days? He will show you one or maybe even two or more Bible verses to stand on. Mark them in your Bible with the date and refer to them often to build up your trust level in Him.
I would love for you to have this free handout called Trusting God – Bible Verses for Trusting God in the Difficult Times, the Good Times and All the Time. This is a double-side tri-fold brochure is perfect to keep in your Bible!
What Does the Bible Say about Trusting God?
Let’s turn the pages of God’s Word to several promises about trust. Faith and trust go hand-in-hand as you will see from the following Bible verses. Are you ready to read what the Bible says about trusting God?
Remember this, walking in fear is not walking in faith and trust in God. The two cannot exist together. Faith is of God while fear is of satan so, fear must be banished.
John wrote in 1 John 4:18, There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
Let your faith arise, let your trust in God arise and banish fear. Do not let the fear of what man can do to you overwhelm you. Remember, greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world, 1 John 4:4.
Here’s a complementary post on How to Trust God in Difficult Times by Christina Patterson that you might be interested in.
Bible Verses about Trusting God in Difficult Times
God knew that the day would come that you would need to lean on Him extra heavily for His help. Maybe it’s a storm against your marriage or your finances. God knows what you need.
Or, maybe it’s a storm against your health or your very life. God knows what you need.
Trusting God in the storm is what Peter learned to do and by fixing your gaze on Jesus, you can trust God with your difficult time, too.
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The following KJV Bible verses have been emphasized with bold text.
Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Psalm 112:7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.
Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.
Psalm 56:3 Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
There are many more Bible verses about trusting God that you may have already marked in your Bible. If not, use these as a starting place.
Trusting God in the Good Times
Not only are we to be trusting God in difficult times, we should also trust God in the good times.
It might even be possible for you to “practice” trusting God when things are going good. Why? Because someday when a storm of life comes, you’ll find you need to be trusting God in difficult times.
So, what does the Bible say about trusting God in good times? Let’s check out these Bible verses.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Psalm 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
Psalm 37:4-6 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
Psalm 145:18 The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
Psalm 31:14 But I trusted in thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my God.
If you are having difficulty with trusting God, you may want to begin at the beginning. That is, you may want to find out who God is so your trust level in Him can grow gradually.
Once you know who He is, you can move on to discovering who you are as this will boost your self-esteem. Knowing who you are and Whose you are is crucial to placing your trust in God.
If you are looking for a great Bible study that takes you from the beginning through to making the decision to fully trust in God, then this study is perfect for you. To get it, sign up for the 215 Ministry Updates and you’ll receive access to the Private Library where this study is stored.
Trusting God at all Times
All of these Bible verses are great to have marked off in your Bible. Not only that, but these verses are a precursor to trusting God at all times. Bottom line, it doesn’t matter if we are going through hard times or easy times, God wants us to trust Him no matter what.
God wants to be your Jehovah-Jireh, your provider. He wants to be your Jehovah-Raphe, the God who heals. He wants to be your Jehovah-Shalom, your peace. Will you trust Him to be all this and more to you?
When you can say, “I trust You, God” and allow Him to work out the details of that storm or hurt, then you have learned to trust God in all things.
Here are three verses to refresh your thinking about trusting God.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Matthew 6:25-32 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? … your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
Trusting God: 5 Biblical Strategies for When Life is Hard is another great read by Stephen Altrogge.
That’s a Wrap
Trusting God can be summed up with this:
- trust the Lord with all your heart
- lean not on your own understanding
- acknowledge God in everything
- reverence Him and be not wise in your own eyes
If you haven’t grabbed it already, here’s my gift to you: a downloadable file called Trusting God of the verses mentioned in this post plus several we didn’t go over. It’s perfect to keep in your prayer journal or Bible, having it handy when you need to renew your mind in faith.
I would love to hear your thoughts about trusting God in difficult times. What experience have you been through that you trusted God for the outcome? Leave me your comment, below.
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Cindy Barnes has been called by God in the early 80s to be a teacher of His Word. She is a serious student of the Word, focusing on the Inductive Bible Study Method since 2007. Her passion is to teach women how to study the Bible using this method. In addition, she desires for women to develop an intense yearning to draw closer to God through reading and writing out the Bible.
Cindy teaches hundreds of women in her private online Bible Study Group who express their joy of growing deeper in their spiritual walk.
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