Many open the Bible in search of encouraging words, but fail to take time to discover what these verses mean, and why they were written. In other words, they don’t go deep, but remain in shallow water.
No doubt, if you’re looking for encouragement, there’s no better book to read than the Bible.
There is power in the Word of God to change people for the better. But in order to experience such transformation one must apply God’s words to his or her own life—exercising faith in everything God has promised.
In due time, those who have been faithful to keep God’s words close to their heart will reap a harvest of joy.
Reading the Bible is like turning on a light: it reveals who we are, where we came from, and where we’re going. Those who put their trust in it will not only find encouragement for the moment, but treasure to last a lifetime.
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. —Romans 15:4
The Sure Foundation of God’s Promises
There is no surer foundation to stand on than God’s promises, no better place to work than in His will, and no safer refuge to run to than His presence.
When trials come, some anxiously flip through the pages of the Bible in search of an encouraging Bible verse. When they find what they’re looking for, they put their trust in it for the moment and hope for the best—assuming their troubles will cease.
But when things don’t happen as they expect, they lose confidence in God’s word, thinking it doesn’t work, or that it simply doesn’t apply to them. So they turn to other resources, godless counsel which puts them on a path leading to a destructive end.
What people often overlook when reading the Bible is that little word called, “patience.”
Yes, God’s promises are sure, but He fulfills them in His time. Not on our clock.
Those who wait on God will not only receive the very best in life, but also have a greater appreciation for the blessing when it comes.
There have been times when I’ve looked back on things that happened in my life, painful events I couldn’t understand. In some cases I even thought of such experiences as evidence that God wasn’t helping me.
But now I can see how God masterfully weaved it all together to usher something better into my life. As a result, I am a stronger person, and have learned to love God even more.
So be patient. God is not sleeping.
Encouraging Bible Verses to Remember
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. —Matthew 7:7-8
- Note: Jesus isn’t going to give us whatever we want just because we ask Him for it. He gives us that which is good. In fact, Jesus didn’t stop at the word “ask” but went on to say “seek,” and “knock.” These words, when linked together, imply transformation of heart, not merely a change of circumstances. It’s all or nothing with Jesus. If you want what is good, then you’re going to have to knock on the right door. And when you do, Jesus will open it to you. But you can’t stop there; you must go through that door, and never turn back in regret. What Jesus offers is far better than anything you will leave behind.
He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; When He hears it, He will answer you. —Isaiah 30:19b
Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. —Psalms 119:105
- Note: the Word of God is not to be treated as something we look to only when times are hard and we want something uplifting; it’s to be regarded as a guide for righteous living. Yes, God expects us to live righteously. This idea that He accepts us as we are and doesn’t expect us to change a thing about ourselves is false. Yes, God does accept us as we are, but not without the intent to change us for the good.
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. —Psalms 46:1
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. —Matthew 11:28
- Note: Jesus wants to take our burdens away, to give us beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isa 61:3). But we must draw close to Him in order for that to happen. We don’t just go to Him for a blessing, but to discover what it means to be a blessing.
Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him. —Psalms 126:5-6
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. —2 Corinthians 5:17
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. —1 John 1:9
- Note: When we surrender our hearts to Christ, we cease to be what we were. The past is behind us; a new life has dawned. All those sins we’ve committed are washed away. God’s grace has taken hold of us, and will follow us all the days of our lives, as long as we continue to hold on to Jesus with our hearts.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. —Romans 8:28
- Note: those who love God keep His commandments. If we continue to live in obedience to what God has instructed, we can be sure that, no matter what is happening in our lives, it will work out for the best. But we can’t expect that to happen without loving God.
- Bible verses used in this post are from the New King James Version of the Bible.