20 helpful Bible verses for tough times
Google doesn’t have all the answers. The Word of God does.

Each day brings questions for which we need answers. In a world that grows more complex hour by hour, we constantly face new problems and opportunities. What should we do? How should we react? What can we believe? The word of God has the answers to all of these questions. Often we just don’t know where to find these answers in the 66 books. Given below are references to twenty Bibles verses to keep you going at the most common situations in life.

1. Concerning Your Personal Life

In Times of Stress:

  • Psalms 23:1-6

    A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He takes me to lush pastures, he leads me to refreshing water.

  • Psalms 118:5-6

    In my distress, I cried out to the LORD. The LORD answered me and put me in a wide open place. The LORD is on my side, I am not afraid! What can people do to me?

Worry and Anxiety:

  • Philippians 4:6
    Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God.
  • Matthew 6:25-34
    Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear.
  • 1 Peter 5:7
    by casting all your cares on him because he cares for you.


  • Joshua 1:9
    I repeat, be strong and brave! Don’t be afraid and don’t panic, for I, the LORD your God, am with you in all you do.
  • Psalms 37:1-40
    By David. Do not fret when wicked men seem to succeed! Do not envy evildoers!


  • Psalms 34:18
    The LORD is near the brokenhearted; he delivers those who are discouraged.


  • Isaiah 40:28
    Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is an eternal God, the creator of the whole earth. He does not get tired or weary; there is no limit to his wisdom.


  • Revelation 21:4
    He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist anymore – or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.
  • Matthew 5:4
    Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.


  • Ecclesiastes 3:1-15
    For everything, there is an appointed time, and an appropriate time for every activity on earth:

Fear and Loneliness:

  • Psalms 91:1-16
    As for you, the one who lives in the shelter of the sovereign One, and resides in the protective shadow of the mighty king.


  • Psalms 27:10
    Even if my father and mother abandoned me, the LORD would take me in.

Sickness and Pain:

  • 2 Kings 20:1-10
    In those days Hezekiah was stricken with a terminal illness. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz visited him and told him, “This is what the LORD says, ‘Give your household instructions, for you are about to die; you will not get well.’”
  • Psalms 41:3
    The LORD supports him on his sickbed; you completely heal him from his illness.


  • Psalms 34:17
    The godly cry out and the LORD hears; he saves them from all their troubles.


  • Psalms 121:3-8
    May he not allow your foot to slip! May your protector not sleep!


  • 1 Corinthians 10:13
    No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it.


  • Philippians 4:19
    And my God will supply your every need according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

Crisis Situations:

  • Psalms 46:1
    For the music director; by the Korahites; according to the alamoth style; a song. God is our strong refuge; he is truly our helper in times of trouble.

2. Concerning your future


  • Proverbs 24:27
    Establish your work outside and get your fields ready; afterward build your house.

Assuming Leadership:

  • Joshua 11:16-18
    Joshua conquered the whole land, including the hill country, all the Negev, all the land of Goshen, the lowlands, the Arabah, the hill country of Israel and its lowlands, from Mount Halak on up to Seir, as far as Baal Gad in the Lebanon Valley below Mount Hermon. He captured all their kings and executed them. Joshua campaigned against these kings for quite some time.


  • Proverbs 21:5
    The plans of the diligent lead only to plenty, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
  • Proverbs 16:3
    Commit your works to the LORD, and your plans will be established.
  • Proverbs 16:9
    A person plans his course, but the LORD directs his steps.
  • Jeremiah 29:11
    For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the LORD. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.
  • James 4:14-15
    You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life like? For you are a puff of smoke that appears for a short time and then vanishes. You ought to say instead, “If the Lord is willing, then we will live and do this or that.”

3. Concerning your family

When worried about a Family Member:

  • Colossians 2:5
    For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your morale and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
  • Psalms 34:22
    The LORD rescues his servants; all who take shelter in him escape punishment.

When you are angry about a Family Member:

  • Matthew 5:23-24
    So then, if you bring your gift to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother and then come and present your gift.
  • Matthew 18:15-35
    “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault when the two of you are alone. If he listens to you, you have regained your brother.
  • Ephesians 4:26-27
    Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on the cause of your anger.Do not give the devil an opportunity.
Taken from 2011 Bible reading plan by THE Ceylon Bible Society
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