25 powerful Bible verses about hope in hard times

July 22, 2022

We all face overwhelming situations in our lives that threaten to steal away our hope—sickness, conflict, finances, the loss of a loved one—the list goes on and on. Yet when the future looks dark or all seems lost, it’s time to reflect on Bible verses about hope in hard times.

These verses on hope remind us that we’re not alone. They were written by people who faced difficult circumstances just like us. Despite what we may see, hear, and feel, God’s word brings us hope by assuring us that he is with us and faithful to carry us through tough times.

So, if you’re facing challenging times or situations, here are 25 scriptures on hope to encourage, enhearten, and inspire you.

25 encouraging Bible verses about hope in hard times

1. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. —Romans 15:13

2. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” —Jeremiah 29:11–13

3. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. —1 Peter 5:7

4. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. —Romans 5:3–5

5. But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. —Isaiah 40:31

6. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. —Hebrews 10:23

7. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. —Romans 8:38–39

8. But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish. —Psalm 9:18

9. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. —Isaiah 41:10

10. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. —2 Corinthians 4:16–18

11. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. —Romans 12:12

12. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. —Revelation 21:4

13. But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. —Psalm 33:18–19

14. The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. —Psalm 147:11

15. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. —Matthew 11:28–30

16. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. —Romans 8:28

17. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. —Proverbs 23:18

18. Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again from the depths of the earth, you will again bring me up. —Psalm 71:20

19. Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. —Philippians 1:6

20. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. —Deuteronomy 31:6

21. As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. —Psalm 71:14

22. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. —1 Corinthians 15:55–57

23. But if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. —Job 5:16

24. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. —1 Corinthians 13:13

25. Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. —Colossians 3:1–2

Note: All cited Bible verses are from the New International Version (NIV)

We hope these Bible verses about hope in hard times have encouraged you and brought a fresh perspective. When situations seem insurmountable, remember what Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 26:28, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” And when you feel like the whole world is against you, be strengthened by Paul's words in Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

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