How many times do we find ourselves down in the valleys of life, desperate for just a little glimpse of encouragement? How long does it take for us to turn to God’s Word to find that encouragement? If I were to answer those questions honestly, my answers would be: too often and too long. Sadly, many of us know better. We have highlighted our “go-to” verses and even shared them with others. But time and time again, we find ourselves wallowing in self pity and self doubt instead of taking our best advice and simply opening up God’s Word.
Encouraging others is a passion of mine, for there is far too much discouragement in the world. Satan desires us to be discouraged and distracted from building God’s Kingdom. Because He knows, if you are like me, when you are discouraged you tend to withdraw from everyone and dwell on how bad things seem.
So my purpose in writing to you today is to arm you with several verses of encouragement. Many of these came from my youngest son, who at 20 years old, is an amazing spiritual leader. He is such a gift of comfort at the right time. He inspires me with his spiritual wisdom. So here are some verses for you to lean on, memorize, recite, share, post throughout your home, hide in your heart, and pray back to God in times of discouragement:
- Romans 5:3-5 (Know that the trials of life have purpose. They are not in vain.):
“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
- Isaiah 55:8-9 (Be confident knowing that God has the best way already worked out for us. When He is in charge, we can experience assurance in His care.):
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
- Luke 12:6-7 (When we question whether or not we matter, the truth is we do. We matter to our Maker. He not only remembers us but He knows us well.):
“Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.”
- 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (He is our Great Comforter and, in turn, wants us to comfort others with His Word. God understands our sorrow and sufferings.):
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.”
- Psalm 25 – (The entire chapter is such a great source of peace and comfort. I encourage you to pray this Psalm back to God.):
“(A Psalm of David.) Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.
O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.
Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.
Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.
Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
For thy name’s sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.
What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.
His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.
The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.
Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.
Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.
O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.
Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.
Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.”
And my memory verses for this week are:
- Psalm 103:11-12 (He is a merciful Father. Once we have been forgiven, our iniquities are forgotten. Satan is the one that likes to remind us and drag us through the “sludge of guilt.”):
“For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”
(I recently joined up with a group of ladies at church who are keeping each other accountable by reciting memory verses to each other every Sunday. So excited! Why not start this practice up with a group of ladies at your church? Or just find one friend to help keep you accountable while meditating in God’s Word? Go for it!)
May you find some encouragement in God’s Word today, for there is plenty to be found when we take the time to look. Continually add to your arsenal of “go-to” verses, so that you can find encouragement as well as be an encourager to someone else.