We must all face the dark, unpleasant experiences inherent to life on earth. In fact, a fundamental idea of Christianity and most world religions is that "life is suffering." When encountering these moments of darkness, thankfully we can turn to the light of scripture to find hope and comfort. From the examples and guidance of biblical text, we find that we are not alone in dealing with the struggles of life. Perhaps we can even learn to appreciate the darkness, giving contrast and clarity to the light. Luckily, there are many Bible verses to find hope in the midst.
Here are the 20 best Bible verses to find hope in dark times. May these scripture quotes give you comfort and strength when you need it most.
Bible Verses to Find Hope
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Romans 15:13 ESV
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Romans 12:12 ESV
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Isaiah 40:31 ESV
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; shall run and not be weary; shall walk and not faint.
Romans 5:2-5 ESV
Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Psalm 39:7 ESV
“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.
Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Romans 15:4 ESV
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
1 Corinthians 13:13 ESV
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Hebrews 11:1 ESV
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Bible Verses to Find Hope: Scripture for Faith
Romans 8:25 ESV
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Isaiah 41:10 ESV
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Romans 8:24-25 ESV
For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Proverbs 13:12 ESV
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
1 Peter 3:15 ESV
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
1 Peter 1:3 ESV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Proverbs 23:18 ESV
Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
Psalm 31:24 ESV
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!
Jeremiah 17:7 ESV
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.
Mark 9:23 ESV
And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”
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