27 Bible Verses about Hope In Hard Times

Bible verses about hope in hard times speak to us all throughout our daily lives. No matter where you are, we are constantly confronted with what may seem to be hopeless circumstances or hardships and hard times. For each person experiencing an onslaught of personal or professional tribulations, God never abandons us, He never leaves us in the midst of hopeless despair.

May God fill your hearts and lives with hope, with love and with His grace!


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  1. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
         Psalm 46:1 (NIV)



  2. But even if you suffer for doing right, you are blessed. Don’t be afraid of what they fear; do not dread those things.
         1 Peter 3:14 (NCV)



  3. Remember that I commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid, because the Lord your God will be with you everywhere you go.
         Joshua 1:9 (NCV)



  4. Say to those who are fearful-hearted,
    Be strong, do not fear!
    Behold, your God will come with vengeance,
    With the recompense of God;
    He will come and save you.
         Isaiah 35:4 (NKJV)



  5. Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light."
         Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)



  6. 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.
  7. "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.
         Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)



  8. 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.
         Romans 15:13 (NLT)



  9. Do not forget to rejoice, for hope is always just around the corner. Hold up through the hard times that are coming, and devote yourselves to prayer.
         Romans 12:12 (VOICE)



  10. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
         Romans 12:12 (NLT)



  11. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
         Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)



  12. So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.
         1 Peter 1:13 (NLT)



  13. For we are saved by hope; but hope that is seen is not hope, for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for it? But if we hope for that which we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
         Romans 8:24-25 (KJV)



  14. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of his great mercy, he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead
         1 Peter 1:3 (CSB)



  15. What, then, can I hope for, Lord? I put my hope in you.
  16. What, then, can I hope for, Lord? I put my hope in you.
         Psalm 39:7 (GNT)



  17. Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
         1 Corinthians 13:13 (HCSB)



  18. We have also obtained access through Him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
         Romans 5:2-5 (HCSB)



  19. That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our inner strength in the Lord is growing every day. These troubles and sufferings of ours are, after all, quite small and won’t last very long. Yet this short time of distress will result in God’s richest blessing upon us forever and ever! So we do not look at what we can see right now, the troubles all around us, but we look forward to the joys in heaven which we have not yet seen. The troubles will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.
         2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (TLB)



  20. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
        Colossians 1:27 (NIV)



  21. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
        1 Corinthians 13:7 (NLT)



  22. ... so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
         Titus 3:7 (NIV)



  23. O Lord, you alone are my hope; I’ve trusted you from childhood.
  24. O Lord, you alone are my hope; I’ve trusted you from childhood.
         Psalm 71:5 (TLB)



  25. 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.
         Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)



  26. But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
         1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)



  27. My friends, we are not those who give up hope and so are lost; but we are of the company who live by faith and so are saved.
         Hebrews 10:39 (VOICE)



  28. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
         Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)



  29. Don’t long for "the good old days". This is not wise.
         Ecclesiastes 7:10 (NLT)



  30. This hope is a safe anchor for our souls. It will never move. This hope goes into the Holiest Place of All behind the curtain of heaven.
         Hebrews 6:19 (NLV)

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It doesn't take but a few minutes in reading the daily news that issues of failing hope and hard times abound throughout our lives and throughout the world. Much to the surprise of many people, the COVID- 19 pandemic shook our lives both nationally and internationally. There seemed to be no safe haven to which to escape. And, isn't this one of those times when thousands of people turned back to God in prayer and hope? Who says that there is no good that can come from calamities?

And, it isn't simply a returning to God in prayer amidst worldwide devastation, plagues, disasters and wars. To turn to God doesn't need to occur only when confronted by what may seem hopeless. It means, instead, placing God at the forefront of each day, in each difficulty, in each personal attack or problem. God is our constant hope. It is a hope based on what these Bible verses about hope in hard times recount for each day we face upon rising, or as each day progresses.

For those who are Christ-followers, just think how much more we possess constant hope, love and the surrounding of the Holy Spirit to guide and sustain us no matter the ills of this world. It is our prayer that unbelievers come to experience joy, peace and hopefulness through Our Lord Jesus Christ.



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