Hardships and trials are inevitable in life. We all face them. There is no way around it. However, there is a line between the blessings and trials of life. In today’s society, there is a line being crossed when people use their hardships as a means for gaining attention or sympathy from others.

This unfortunately happens to those in need who are hurting the most and put their trust in the wrong place. It seems like very little thought goes into their troubles and how it could impact their future, but God never stops giving them love and care through His Word.

I have compiled 21 helpful Bible verses about hardships, trials, etc…

Bible Verses about Hardships and Trials

There is a lot of advice in Christianity that focuses on how to get over hardships, how to overcome trials and tribulations. While this is a good topic for many people, it’s also important to know what you can do about these problems.

James 1:12 – Trials are an inevitable part of life.

 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
James 1:12 (NIV)
James 1_12 - Trials Are An Inevitable Part Of Life
Trials are an inevitable part of life in this fallen world. Even Christ had to endure pain. Jesus Christ was born perfect and never sinned, but he had to suffer in order to be ready for what God had sent him to do.
Why should we not suffer if Christ did, and for the same reason? God is our loving Father, and a loving Father disciplines his children (Pr 3:12).
You will be put on trial if you aren’t already. Accept it and walk faithfully through it, trusting God and allowing it to do its good work in you.

1 Peter 5:10 – Suffering increases hope in a believer.

10 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 (NIV)

1 Peter 5_10 - Suffering Increases Hope In A Believer

The very trials that appear to be Satan’s means of destruction are actually God’s means of deliverance and development. Suffering causes an unbeliever to lose hope; however, suffering increases hope in a believer.

“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance produces character, and character produces hope.”

When a believer trusts God and relies on His grace, God builds character and brightens hope. As a result, God receives glory forever and ever.

Romans 12:12 – Better days are ahead of us.

12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 12:12 (NIV)
Romans 12_12 - Better Days Are Ahead Of Us
This means that we are always looking ahead, regardless of what is going on around us or where we are at the time. As Christ’s followers, we are never without hope.
We know that, even if our circumstances appear to be bleak right now, better days are ahead of us. Why? Because God is a good God, and His love for us is unfailing and eternal.
When we place our trust in the Lord and His goodness, we will be filled with the supernatural joy that is our inheritance in Christ.

John 16:33 – Difficulties come unexpectedly and often last indefinitely.

33 “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 (NIV)
John 16_33 - Difficulties Come Unexpectedly And Often Last Indefinitely
There isn’t a single person on the planet who isn’t familiar with difficulties. Difficulties come unexpectedly and often last indefinitely, and the painful memories they evoke take deep roots in the mind.
It is difficult to follow Christ, and there will be opposition. Yet, in the midst of that opposition, the reality of Christ’s victory over sin and death through his own death and resurrection provides peace and courage. As a result, we are called to take heart, not in our own abilities or willpower, but in Jesus’ finished work.

1 Corinthians 10:13 – The temptation may be strong, but it does not have to consume you.

13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
1 Corinthians 10_13 - The Temptation May Be Strong, But It Does Not Have To Consume You

One of the most powerful temptations we face is the belief that we can handle anything in life on our own. It makes no difference how capable you believe you are or how weak you feel.

The Word of God is a powerful temptation-repellent. The temptation may be strong, but it does not have to consume you. So, the next time you say, “I can handle it,” face the fact that you can’t.

God, on the other hand, can and will. You simply have to let him save you.

James 1:2 – Our trials strengthen us.

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
James 1:2 (NIV)
James 1_2 - Our Trials Strengthen Us
Our trials, no matter how difficult, are strengthening us, making us more dependent on God, and less attached to the world, producing perseverance, and ultimately strengthening us in broken places. We may not be able to change our circumstances, but we can change how we perceive them.
When bad things happen, we can say right away, “This is bad, but I’ll get through it.” I will grow and become stronger as a result of my experiences. I will lean even more on God and allow Him to redeem this situation. Even though it hurts now, I will look ahead and rejoice.”

Romans 5:3 – Suffering accomplishes something.

 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
Romans 5:3 (NIV)
Romans 5_3 - Suffering Accomplishes Something
Suffering has an effect, it accomplishes something. It is fruitful. It is valuable. We know it works, and that makes us happy. Suffering breeds perseverance.
You wouldn’t have that quality if you didn’t suffer. As a result, your suffering does not come because God is angry with you; it comes because God loves you.
It comes from the heart of a Father who is putting you through some development that you desperately need in order to become the kind of person you want to be.

Exodus 14:14 – Walk in his ways.

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Exodus 14:14 (NIV)
Exodus 14_14 - Walk In His Ways
God wants us to understand that he never changes and that to relate to him means to relate to him right now. If we walk in him to achieve his goals, he will do one or the other according to his plan.
In a world ruled by Satan, it is extremely difficult for us to be still and trust God in our flesh. First, walk in his ways and live for his glory before placing your trust in him.
He will come and help you when you rely solely on him, whether he wants to fight through you or for you.

James 1:2-8 – Trials help us to purge our spiritual flaws and mature our faith.

 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
James 1:2-8 (NIV)
James 1:2-8 - Trials Help Us To Purge Our Spiritual Flaws And Mature Our Faith.

We can find joy in trials because they teach us to rely on and trust God. Trials help us to purge our spiritual flaws and mature our faith. They promote joy by producing holiness in the lives of devoted believers.

We must evaluate life’s difficulties through the lens of faith, seeing them in the context of God’s good plan.

Allow the process to continue until that endurance is fully developed, and you will discover that you have matured into men of character with the appropriate level of independence.

Philippians 4:6-7 – Train your mind to seek comfort.

 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
Philippians 4_6-7 - Train Your Mind To Seek Comfort
God promises that if we turn to Him in difficult times, He will give us peace that is beyond conviction and comprehension. And this peace will protect and guard our hearts and minds.
The peace mentioned here is supernatural; it isn’t the kind of peace that comes and goes or is dependent on our circumstances. Prayer teaches us to rely on and trust in God. We build faith and practice knowing that God is willing and able to help us when we pray.
So, train your mind to seek comfort, joy, and peace in Christ. This practice helps to strengthen your faith. It also protects your body and mind from anxiety and fear.

Bible Verses about Trials and Struggles

God’s love is unconditional. When you are going through a time of trials and struggles, it may seem like God has abandoned you. This Bible verses about trials and struggles can offer comfort and support in these difficult times.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (ESV)

God will not allow us to stand on our own. He would have us rely solely on him. God would take away anything in us that would make our boast of our own strength in the life God has called us to.

Rather than being angry with God, take advantage of the opportunity to praise God and boast in Christ alone (1 Cor 1:31). What a blessing to receive God’s grace. Nothing else is required. Even in our weakness, His grace will always be sufficient.

1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV)

The strength of the temptations we face will be proportional to the power God gives us to resist them.

While Satan and many humans are deceitful, God will always be by our side no matter what. God knows how strong each of us is against temptation and protects us from temptations that are too strong for us to bear.

God gives us the strength to bear and resist our sinful desires. If we fail and fall into sin, He will give us the opportunity to repent and rebuild our relationship with Him.

Romans 5:3-5

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.

Romans 5:3-5 (ESV)

We have hope that God is currently creating the image of Christ in us. Even if you are suffering, even if you don’t feel loved right now, even if it appears that God is against you, how much more can you rely on the fact that God loves you?

God loves us even when we are put through trials, tribulations, and suffering. When you recognize that truth, you can rejoice because you know that suffering will produce the things that will shape you into the person you want to be.

People will begin to rely on you if you are consistent, they will see strength in you. Hope is born from reliability.

Jeremiah 29:11

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.

Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)

These words tell us that even when things in this world do not appear to be going well for us or God’s people, we know that God has a plan for His glory and, ultimately, for our good.

God’s plan may appear to be painful for a time, but it is for our good and His glory. We can bless others because we know God has a plan and is good.

1 John 4:4

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

1 John 4:4 (ESV)

There is no doubt that Satan, the evil one, is powerful, but God is much more powerful. The Lord’s mighty strength dwells in us through Jesus Christ and equips us to overcome the enemy. Our victory over Satan is complete, finished, and continuous.

We are overcomers because, on the cross, Jesus Christ defeated Satan and continues to defeat him in us. We will continue to face difficulties and trials as long as we live in this world.

The world will hate us as it hated him, but Jesus assures us that our ultimate victory is already secure because he lives in us.

John 1:5

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

 John 1:5 (ESV)

Jesus Christ is the light of God sent to earth to pierce the darkness. This light is God’s life, both physical and eternal; that life is the gospel of Christ’s salvation and eternal life with God.

Darkness symbolizes the world’s power of evil, sin, and unbelief, all of which lead to eternal death. According to Jesus, those who believe in the light become sons and daughters of the light: believers shine light into the darkness by loving one another.

Christ has come into the world to bring the good news of God’s salvation to everyone. No power of darkness can defeat or extinguish this light.

Bible verses about going through hardships

With the birth of Christ, you are given a new way of life and a new chance to be authentic, which includes going through hardships that are aimed at helping you grow. The good news is that God will always be there for you.

James 1:12

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

James 1:12 (ESV)

God’s promised reward for those who have shown their love for Him by persevering through adversity and remaining faithful, steadfast, and true is the crown of life.

Through faith in Him, we are able to withstand any temptations that may arise. This will be glorious proof that we believe: He will keep all of His promises, including eternal life with Him, the gift Christ has won for us, and the crown of life.

Romans 8:35-39

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:35-39 (ESV)

Jesus Christ loves his people mightily, with omnipotent, moment-by-moment love that does not always save us from calamity but never fails to preserve us for everlasting joy in his presence, even in the midst of suffering and death.

No one can condemn us, no matter who accuses us. And no one or nothing can ever separate us from Christ’s love.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (ESV)

God is willing to use Satan to accomplish His own goals. His attempts to disrupt God’s work and servants may become part of God’s strategy to achieve His exact objectives.

He may say “no” to a request to relieve a believer’s burden, whether or not the burden is demonic in nature. If suffering causes a Christian to become more reliant on God, it may be accomplishing exactly what He desires in us.

The primary concern of God for His children is not a life of ease and leisure. His first goal is for us to trust Him. That means allowing Christ to be strong in places where we are weak, rather than resenting Him for allowing us to be weak.

James 1:2-4

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 1:2-4 (ESV)

The ultimate goal of all trials is for us to be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. We are being molded into the image of Christ. Every circumstance we face is designed to produce the character of Christ in us.

We can also rejoice when we face difficulties and trials because we know they help us develop endurance. And endurance builds character, and character strengthens our sure hope of salvation.

And this expectation will not be dashed. Because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love, we know how much he loves us.

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9 (ESV)

Life is a roller coaster. Even with the best intentions and plans, no one can predict what will happen in life. When unexpected events occur, everyone must be reminded that God is good, in control, and trustworthy even when everything appears to be out of control.

God knows everything that is going on, including the hows, whens, and whys. Trust Him when you don’t know what to do or what will happen next.

Follow God’s guidelines and commands, knowing that He is working out the rest as you practice obedience.

God is concerned with how you have been wronged. He will look after you during those times. Do not be distracted by them. Keep your gaze fixed on Him.

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