5 Bible Verses About Hope for Hard Times

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Life is hard, and in troubling times, hope can feel impossible. Luckily, in those moments, the God of hope is near to us, ready to lift our heads and turn our eyes to the brighter future ahead.

“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, NIV

If you’re struggling, there’s hope to be found in God’s Word. Below, you’ll find five Bible verses about hope in hard times and learn how to apply them in any situation. And while each verse may not mention hope specifically, you may be surprised at how much hope they inspire in your heart.

5 Bible Verses About Hope

Exodus 33:14, NIV

The Lord replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

The context: In this verse, God is speaking directly to Moses, making him this certain promise. Right before the Lord gave him this promise, the Israelite people had rebelled and made a golden calf to worship.

God threatened to remove his presence from them, and Moses prayed on their behalf. He reminded God that they were his chosen people.

God said he would send an angel before them on the way to the Promised Land in his place, but Moses said to the Lord, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.” God responds with his assurance that he will go.

The meaning: There is so much hope and meaning packed into this small verse. First, it illustrates God’s mercy and forgiveness. Second, it spotlights God’s character as the Father who keeps his word and his promises. Third, it drives home the critical fact that we must desire God’s presence.

God will not force himself upon us. His promise to Moses is just as true today for you. He will go before you if you humbly desire his presence. He will not leave you, and you will never be alone.

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Nahum 1:7, NIV

“The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.”

The context: At this point in history, the Israelite people were being oppressed by the Assyrian empire.

Their oppression was cruel and brutal. In the Assyrian capital of Nineveh, things were so wicked that God had vowed to destroy the entire empire, twice. This prophecy gave Nahum and the Israelite people hope that they would soon be able to return from their exile back to the Promised Land.

The meaning: This verse is poignant because, even amid oppression and struggle, God is a source of strength. His goodness is independent of our circumstances, and though we may not always feel his blessing directly, we are covered by his grace and power. No matter what you’re going through, you can find hope in God’s refuge. He cares for you!

Hosea 2:19, NIV

“I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.”

The context: Hosea’s wife, Gomer, had been a promiscuous woman before they were married. After they had three children, she left him for another man. God told Hosea to go find Gomer, pay off her debts and commit his love and faithfulness to her once again.

Of course, this is a living metaphor for how the Israelite people broke covenant with God. While they would suffer the consequences of their choice to worship false gods, he would open a door for restoration through Jesus.

The meaning: This verse is a reminder that no matter how far we fall, purely because of his own love, compassion and faithfulness, the God of love pursues us and desires a covenant relationship with us. We can have hope because of God’s faithfulness despite our own.

Matthew 19:29, NIV

“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.”

The context: The backstory to this verse is what makes it so inspiring. Jesus had just left Galilee. We can assume he knew that he would never set foot in his childhood home again. He knew what his ministry was leading up to and that he would soon be crucified.

Jesus must have felt some grief at the thought of never returning home — this side of glory. As he was preaching in Perea, a young rich man asked him how he could have eternal life. Jesus told him to sell his possessions, give the money to the poor and follow him. And, of course, the rich man went away dismayed because he had a lot of possessions.

The meaning: This verse is impactful because whatever Jesus asks of us, he’s shown he’s willing to do himself. He gave up everything for his obedience to the Lord’s purpose, but it was only temporary.

In glory, Jesus Christ has been elevated to the right-hand throne of God, and all of creation — even sin and death — is under his authority and atonement. We can hope in faith that whatever good thing we may temporarily have to do without will be restored beyond measure by a God who is good.

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Romans 8:15, NIV

“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’”

The context: Paul was a Pharisee who brutally persecuted Christians before his encounter with the risen Jesus on the road to Damascus. There, he was chosen to be an apostle and to bring the gospel message to the Gentiles.

The Christians in Rome had just gone through a season of persecution. Jewish people had been banned from Rome, and after Emperor Claudius died, they were allowed in Rome again.

As the church gathered to worship again, there was much division and a fear of further persecution. Paul’s letter is encouraging them to remain brave and united in their faith.

The meaning: We all can forget what’s important sometimes. We turn our faces from God and focus on the things that divide us or scare us. This verse inspires hope by reminding us that, as adopted sons and daughters, we do not have a spirit of division or fear. We have the same spirit of power as Jesus Christ, in whom we received our adoption.

Pray for Hope to Fill Your Spirit

Just like the Bible has so much to say about compassion, these verses about hope are just a sample of what’s found in the Bible. We hope these verses we’ve shared, and the contexts behind them, have helped to lift your spirit and fill you with a renewed confidence in where our hope lies.

And we pray that, though we don’t know your personal situation, you would receive a supernatural peace that can only come from the hope found in the Bible — through the amazing story of our redemption through Christ Jesus.

Speaking of prayer, it’s a great way to stay reminded of the hope we have. We invite you to join with a large network of Christians who are covering the world in prayer and specifically asking God to protect vulnerable children. We guarantee it will bless you and others.

Pray for Hope to Fill Your Spirit

Just like the Bible has so much to say about compassion, these verses are a microsample of the vastness of hope in the Bible. I hope these verses I’ve shared, and the context behind them, have helped to lift your spirit and fill you with a renewed confidence in where our hope lies. And I pray that, though I don’t know your personal situation, you would receive a supernatural peace that can only come from the hope found in the Bible through our amazing story of redemption through Christ Jesus.

Speaking of prayer, it’s a great way to stay reminded of the hope we have. I invite you to join with a large network of Christians who are covering the world with prayer during this hard time. I guarantee it will bless you and others.

Thanks for reading, and I’d love to know if these verses inspired you like they did me. Also, let me know what other verses you turn to when you need hope. Leave a comment below.

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  1. Jessy Jacob December 9, 2022

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful message. May God strengthen you.

  2. Norma June 18, 2022

    Very powerful and informative verses. My other verse on hope is Habakkuk 3: 17 & 18

  3. Kelvin Musyoka March 20, 2022

    Very inspiring message in those verses,,,,,, thank continue sharing more and more

  4. Strength For Hard Times August 11, 2021

    God bless you and thank you for sharing these powerful verses of scripture to help us in times of weakness. Sometimes in my spiritual life I can feel drained, and it’s verses like these that you shared that use to go to the Lord to pick me up. Thanks again.

  5. Susie Lucas August 9, 2021

    Thank you so much needed to hear these today

  6. SSEMUDDU MIKE August 7, 2021

    Really i appriciated your scriptures but still even me i need your prayers because am looking for any kind of job to support my mother

    1. Kaye-Lin August 9, 2021

      Hello Ssemuddo. We pray that you find the job you are needing. If you have any questions for us, please send us an email at [email protected]. Thank you! ~ Kaye

  7. Lucas omboto July 8, 2021

    Your verses has encouraged during my hard times. I lost a job during this covid 19 period.

    1. Nicole July 9, 2021

      Lucas, we are so grateful that these verses encouraged you! We are sorry to hear of the suffering you are experiencing, and please know that we are praying for the Lord’s provision and peace in your life as you wait for another job opportunity. ?

  8. Grace Ananda July 6, 2021

    I feel encouraged especially with Exodus 33:14
    “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

    I am currently in a hard situation that I need God to take over. Be blessed.

    1. Nicole July 7, 2021

      Hi, Grace! We are so glad that the verses encouraged you, and please know that we are praying for you in your difficult situation! ?

  9. MICHELLE July 5, 2021

    Truly inspiring in these trying times. With uncertainty ahead. Gods peace through these words is assuring

  10. Harold Loganjr. June 30, 2021

    God bless you for shearing theses powerful verses, as we’re celebrating the life of my oldest son July 3rd, these words of hope definitely bring comfort. I know he’s no longer in pain as he struggle with Sarcoidosis many years,and he knew our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,therefore to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. i will see him again. Thank you my brother.

    1. Anna June 30, 2021

      Harold, we are so moved by your experience and join you in celebrating the life of your son. These verses are powerful, and we are so grateful they brought encouragement in this season. May God bless you and your family.

  11. Millicent Odoyo June 18, 2021

    This verses are really helpful I am blessed

  12. Angela Henley May 26, 2021

    Yes very helpful.

  13. Henry May 16, 2021

    Thanks for sharing.

  14. Brenda Houston May 7, 2021

    The reading of the Lord is very good my son in trouble i need god all the time

    1. Mackenzie May 10, 2021

      Hello Brenda, I am sorry to hear that your son is in trouble! We will certainly be praying for him! If you need further assistance, please send us an email at [email protected].

  15. Okello Benjamin April 6, 2021

    Amen, pray for me brethrens ,I want to complete my education but I lack tuition and the dean ain’t replying to my reinstatement

    1. Kaye-Lin April 6, 2021

      Hi Okello. We are happy to pray for you. I am sorry that you are experiencing difficulties with your schooling. If you have any questions for us, please send us an email at [email protected]. Blessings to you!

  16. Kati March 28, 2021

    Thank you so much, I really needed it, I was down and didn’t know which verse would help me give me a hope during this darkness time of my life. I feel a strength from God and I thank you for sharing ❤

  17. Stephen January 31, 2021

    Inspiring and helpful

  18. Jennifer Hudson January 6, 2021

    Thanks so much.I have truly received a blessing from reading your insights into these passages.God is truly glorified as you use your talents to build up the Body of Christ n to assist honest seekers of Truth.

  19. Jennifer Hudson January 6, 2021

    Thank u so much for equipping me with such transforming applications of God’s word in these turbulent times.May our Lord Jesus with help from the Holy Spirit continue to use your ministry to help the body of Christ n honest seekers of Truth.

  20. Ongodia isaac November 19, 2020

    Thanks for these verses they really spoke to me

  21. Kevin D Davis September 28, 2020

    Thank you for this, I’m really in need of this ??❤️

  22. Renee McGruder August 4, 2020

    I love the scripture from Nahum.

  23. Leanne McGee August 2, 2020

    Thank you so much for these words of encouragement!!

  24. Donna August 1, 2020

    I enjoyed the back story on each verse. Thank you for including that!

  25. Kampher July 31, 2020

    Good work

  26. Nadine T.Y. June 5, 2020

    Hi Kyle,

    Thanks for sharing these inspiring words with us ! Yeah, each verse you shared speaks to me quite strongly and also speak to me quite regularly. Particularly the verse of Nahum 1:7. Yes, our GOD is FAITHFUL, and our HOPE in Him Christ Jesus our LORD is SURE. We can really lean on Him, He is our Rock, our Shelter, our Salvation. Other verses also speak to me everyday, and always fill me with Hope. I would cite for example this one from Isaiah 54:10 “For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.” or these other ones from Isaiah 49:15-16 “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.”

    Yes, our LORD is really GOOD. All praise and Glory be to Him !

  27. Dani Kubiak June 5, 2020

    Please please please… continue to include the context of each Bible verse. Knowing the Setting and history of excerpts makes the Word even more relevant and applicable in my world. Thank you so much for this piece… to keep it was one of the best

    TY. DaK

  28. Alysia June 3, 2020

    Thank you for this! I was encouraged by each verse, especially Matthew 19:29 and the back story and thought about that. God used this to help fill me with hope today!

  29. Maddy June 3, 2020

    Thank you so much for these verses. It was a real encouragement to spend time reflecting on how great our God is!

  30. Carol Frahm June 2, 2020

    Thank you. Encouragement is exactly what I needed in this moment. Division and fear are all around us these days but I will keep my eyes on the Lord.

  31. Gracy Fernandes June 2, 2020

    Thank you very much for helping me to pray in silence and in love. Please pray for me and our mission in Haiti.

    Gratefully always,

  32. Francis Nzomo June 2, 2020

    Good share. Truly God is in charge over everything. The verse that has been motivating and encouraging me is to know that Christ cares alot about me and Him in me is greater than the one on the outside(1 John 4:4).
    God will never leave nor forsake us. He lives in us and working through us.

  33. Nadja Vilela Leão June 2, 2020

    Obrigado. Louvado seja Deus pelo seu cuidado conosco

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