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During times of trouble we struggle with our emotions and often have questions for God. God has already provided us with help and answers from the Bible— His word to us. If you are in need of comfort and peace, we encourage you to read these scriptures.

Finances | Healing | Worried | Grief | In Doubt About God | Fear | Peace

Finances & Provision (top)

  • The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. Psalm 34:10
  • I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. Psalm 37:25
  • Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. Malachi 3:10
  • So do not worry, saying, ’What shall we eat?’ or ’What shall we drink?’ or ’What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:31-33
  • And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
  • For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil." 1 Peter 3:12

Healing/Physical Needs (top)

  • He said, "If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you." Exodus 15:26
  • But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.Isaiah 53:5
  • And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. James 5:15
  • He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. 1 Peter 2:24-25
  • This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15

Worry (top)

  • Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
  • Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. John 14:1
  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
         And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
  • Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15
  • I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8
  • And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
  • Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
         Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
         Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
         And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
         Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
         If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
         So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
         For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
         But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
         Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:25-34
  • The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6
  • When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:24
  • Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, "So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’"
         And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God. Hebrews 4:3,9
  • Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. Psalm 119:165
  • He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
         I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." Psalm 91:1,2

In Grief (top)

  • Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.
         We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. Thessalonians 4:13, 14
  • For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones. Isaiah 49:13b
  • 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. Isaiah 43:2
  • May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17
  • Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4
  • 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 have received from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4
  • The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion-- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:1-3
  • My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. Psalm 119:50
  • Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
  • "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
         But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.1 Corinthians 15:55-57
  • Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
  • For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin.
         Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:15,16
  • 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
  • The ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. Isaiah 51:11
  • We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8
  • He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Revelation 21:4

In Doubt About God (top)

  • "Have faith in God," Jesus answered.
         "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.
         Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:22-24
  • And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.
         For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.
         But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Luke 12:29-31
  • Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. Romans 4:20,21
  • I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do. Isaiah 46:10b,11b
  • The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24
  • The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
  • As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30
  • Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. Isaiah 59:1

Experiencing Fear (top)

  • For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
  • For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." Romans 8:15
  • There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
  • He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1
  • He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
         You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
         A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. Psalm 91:4-7
  • then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.
         For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; Psalm 91:10,11
  • Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared. Proverbs 3:25,26
  • In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you. Isaiah 54:14
  • in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? Psalm 56:11
  • Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
         You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Psalm 23:4,5
  • For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
         What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
         Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
         As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."
         No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
         For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
         neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:29,31,35-39
  • Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:24
  • Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
  • The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid?
         Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. Psalm 27:1,3
  • So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" Hebrews 13:6

In Need of Peace (top)

  • You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3
  • Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
         And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7
  • Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, Romans 5:1
  • LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us. Isaiah 26:12
  • You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12
  • Consider the blameless, observe the upright; there is a future for the man of peace. Psalm 37:37
  • The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; Romans 8:6
  • Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. Psalm 119:165
  • Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death. Isaiah 57:2
  • For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.
         Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Romans 14:17-19
  • But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace. Psalm 37:1
  • Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. 2 Corinthians 13:11
  • May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13