15 Bible Verses For Trusting God in Tough Times

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I’ve been reading in the book in Job. And wow, Job used the word “trouble” frequently! He definitely had reason to do so, as he lost everything he had and his wife wanted him to curse God and die. Things had gotten that bad! While Job is well-known for his trust in God, for a few chapters, he boldly asks the big question to God that we all ask when we just don’t understand.


I’ve experienced my share of asking God why. I’m guessing that you, like Job, have too. It’s challenging to see any blessings when life is full of burdens.

Tonight as I read the Scriptures in preparation for an upcoming event, I wanted to pass on these 15 Bible verses for trusting God in tough times.  Because He is SO trustworthy! Embrace this list of verses in prayer and praise!

Be encouraged; we may not understand why now, but someday we will.

Until then, claim His Word- God always keeps His Promises.

Psalm 20:1

May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!

Psalm 5:11

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.

Proverbs 3:5&6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Psalm 9:9

The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

Psalm 62:8

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.

Psalm 27:5

For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.

Isaiah 26:4

Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.

Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalm 86:7

In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me.

Psalm 18:30

This God–his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

John 14:1

Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.

Psalm 37:5

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Psalm 118:8 

It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.

Proverbs 30:5

Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.

Isaiah 26:3

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you.

Psalm 28:7

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.

Jeremiah 17:8&9

But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.

Psalm 37:4-6

Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.

Psalm 91:1&2

Whoever 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 20:7

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

Ephesians 1:13&14

In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

Romans 15:13

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.

Isaiah 41:10

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 12:2

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.

Philippians 4:6&7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Proverbs 29:25

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.

Got a verse that helps you trust God in the tough times? I’d love it if you’d share it in the comments.

By his grace,



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  1. Marynell S. says:

    “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
    This is one of my fav verses about trouble. Jesus says in this world we WILL have trouble, not might or can. We WILL have trouble. But our God is much bigger than all our troubles and he will see us thru them.
    Blessings on you for posting these.

  2. Deuteronomy 31:6 So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.

    Mark 5:36b Don’t be afraid any longer, only believe.

  3. Kara Richardson says:

    What I can’t stand is when others unjustly and/or inappropriately bring down “trouble” on you, or worse, when we do it to ourselves. But just like I tell my students, “I am disciplining you because I care about you and I care how you turn out as an adult and that’s why I am helping you learn right from wrong by disciplining you right now. If I didn’t care about you, I wouldn’t give a rip what you do because I don’t care about you or whether or not you end up being a good person. But I DO care, that’s why you’re being punished.” I think this is what God feels about us too…..
    4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,
    “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
    and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
    6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
    and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
    7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,”[b] so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
    Hebrews 12
    And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. – 1 Peter 5:10
    For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
    Psalm 40
    1 I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
    2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
    he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
    3 He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
    Many will see and fear the Lord
    and put their trust in him.
    4 Blessed is the one
    who trusts in the Lord,
    who does not look to the proud,
    to those who turn aside to false gods.[b]
    5 Many, Lord my God,
    are the wonders you have done,
    the things you planned for us.
    None can compare with you;
    were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
    they would be too many to declare.
    6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—
    but my ears you have opened[c]—
    burnt offerings and sin offerings[d] you did not require.
    7 Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
    it is written about me in the scroll.[e]
    8 I desire to do your will, my God;
    your law is within my heart.”
    9 I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly;
    I do not seal my lips, Lord,
    as you know.
    10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
    I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help.
    I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness
    from the great assembly.
    11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord;
    may your love and faithfulness always protect me.
    12 For troubles without number surround me;
    my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
    They are more than the hairs of my head,
    and my heart fails within me.
    13 Be pleased to save me, Lord;
    come quickly, Lord, to help me.
    14 May all who want to take my life
    be put to shame and confusion;
    may all who desire my ruin
    be turned back in disgrace.
    15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
    be appalled at their own shame.
    16 But may all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you;
    may those who long for your saving help always say,
    “The Lord is great!”
    17 But as for me, I am poor and needy;
    may the Lord think of me.
    You are my help and my deliverer;
    you are my God, do not delay.

  4. GREAT post Rachel with some very comforting verses! I also like 1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourself, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him because He cares for you. Have a blessed day!

  5. Two of my ever favorite verses are:

    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.

    Psalms 91 4.5
    He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

    (I had to search for english translations of the Bible. It’s not my mother tongue. I’m hoping, I found a good translation…!)

    Love, Midsommarflicka

  6. Thank you for posting these, I needed to be reminded of Gods promises. My 17 year old son has been sick for about a month, they finally diagnosed him with “autoimmune hepititus”. It is a chronic disease, that has no cure (as of yet) but can go into remission after a long time (3 years) on steroids. This is not what I expected for him at this point in his life. I can get bound in fear, but I know that is not where God wants me to be. I am thankful for the reminder of the promises that God has made, and I will stand on them throughout this journey.

    1. Oh Lesley!! What a heartache you must have. Father, today I pray for Lesley. Give her the peace that passes all understanding. Please give her the reassurance of your promises as she needs it. Thank you for your faith! Amen.

      1. Lesley,
        I too was just diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, sarcoidosis. It is also a disase that can go into remission. (usually within 2 years) At 26, I have a 7 year old with ADD and a new baby. There are days I can barely pull myself out of bed. I struggle daily with depression and anxiety.The best -and now I have realized- the ONLY beneficial encouragement I find is through Scripture, family, and my faithful brothers and sisters. Knowing that I can lean on the Lord in troubled times, THAT IS the hope that heals my heart. I pray that you, and your son are able to find refuge in the same beautiful promise.

        Blessings and love,

      2. Meli, Thank you SOOO much for your generous encouragement to Lesley! Anytime someone gets a “me too”, then it strengthens their heart! Bless you for your willingess to do this.

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  8. judy morphis says:

    Thank you for sharing these….I so needed to read them and believe them!!! I love all of Psalm 27, I find so much comfort in the whole thing.. I sometimes need to read it everyday, it has helped me through so many hard sad times…. I would have lost heart, unless I had believed. That I would see the goodness of the Lord. In the land of the living!

  9. Philippians 4:5-6 the Lord is near, Do not be anxious in anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
    Psalm 34:17-18 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
    Romans 5:3-4 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, becasue we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character, and character, hope.

  10. Isaiah 40:31 “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, they shall walk and not faint.” I like the ending of the song that also says, “teach us Lord, teach us Lord to wait.” Waiting and trusting go hand in hand.

  11. Romans 8:28 always help me! I know that He will make it all work to good as long as I trust Him. It doesn’t matter how bad the situation, He is in control and everything will be fine 🙂

  12. Thank you so much for sharing these verses. It is just what I needed to read.

  13. “What time I am afraid, I skill trust in Thee.” Psalm 56:3 As a child, I taped this verse to the wall beside my bed and reciting it still today comforts me. Powerful post Rachel-thank you!

  14. BreAnna Johnson says:

    Exodus 14:14 The Lord your God will fight for you, you need only be still.

  15. Psalm 23:4–walk through darkest valley. A blogger said that means walk through, not set up camp! I thought that was a good point. Hope it helps someone else
    Be blessed:)

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