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Ecclesiastes 3 states there is a season for everything. And since we live in an imperfect world that is fallen and broken, we also are subjected to seasons of pain, disappointment, loss, and trials.

Sometimes we Christians confuse the message of the Bible to be one of endless protection and joy. But that is not the promise of today – that is the promise of heaven.

It is in heaven where there will be no more pain, no more sorrow, no tears as Revelation 21:4 states. This is the future we must learn to fix our attention to, but again, that’s the future.

I have had a life full of suffering. So many horrible things have happened to me, but I never confuse the pain with God. God did not cause the pain or the brokenness of this world, but He is the One who is redeeming it.

You see, when Jesus left the perfection of the Trinity and came down into our mess, God was imparting His remedy to the problem.

Everyone experiences pain and trials-no one is above these things-even Christ himself faced horrific suffering all for love and redemption.

What Christ’s sacrifice did was restore a union between you and God. An ability for you to walk again with your Maker. While it is not Paradise, God now walks invisibly with all of His followers and this, my friends, is our weapon.

This is what the protection the Bible spoken about in the Bible looks like, that God is always with us and will never leave us. He empowers us with His strength and His love. He is with us. He is equipping and strengthening us for whatever this broken world throws at us, just like He did while on this earth.

Understanding suffering, pain, trials, is a very hard and complex topic. However, there are a couple of resources I would like to point you to:

1. How to find God’s Strength In You, which is an article i wrote which is all about tapping into God’s inner strength that’s already living inside of you.

2. Another post I wrote that might be of help to you is Unanswered Prayers-What Do You Do When Your Prayers Seem To Go Unanswered?

3. A free e-book 11 Christian Spiritual Practices For Healing Through Christ

And finally, I want to leave you with is 21 Bible Verses For Hard Times that hopefully aid you in whatever storm you find yourself in.

Scripture For Hard Times

Scripture For Hard Times

1. Deuteronomy 31:8

Scripture For Hard Times

Deuteronomy 31:8 NLT

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.

2. Psalm 34:4

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Psalm 34:4 NIV

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

3. Isaiah 43:2

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Isaiah 43:2 NIV

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

4. Psalm 46:1

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Psalm 46:1 NIV

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

5. 2 Corinthians 12:10

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2 Corinthians 12:10 NIV

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Scripture For Hard Times

6. Romans 8:18

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Romans 8:18 NIV

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

7. Psalm 91:4

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Psalm 91:4 NLT

He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

8. 2 Corinthians 12:9

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2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

9. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

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2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

10. Isaiah 66:9

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Isaiah 66:9 ERV

I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born.

Scripture For Hard Times

11. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

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2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NIV

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 

12. Psalm 34:18

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Psalm 34:18 NIV

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

13. James 1:2-4

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James 1:2-4 NIV

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 

14. 1 Chronicles 16:11

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1 Chronicles 16:11 NIV

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

15. Psalm 145:18-19

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Psalm 145:18-19 NIV

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.

Scripture For Hard Times

16. Philippians 4:13

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Philippians 4:13 NIV

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

17. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV

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 on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

18. Isaiah 41:10

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Isaiah 41:10 NIV

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

19. Psalm 9:9-10

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Psalm 9:9-10 NIV

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

20. Jeremiah 29:11

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Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

21. Romans 5:3-4

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Romans 5:3-4 NIV

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

May God see you through what hard times you may be facing.

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