Having faith in uncertain times
As Covid-19 continues to spread across our communities, we all need encouragement for today. We all are facing uncertainty from week to week at some level. Many feel sad and lonely because they are not able to visit with loved ones in person. Some are losing income. Many worry about elderly relatives or ones with underlying health issues. Discouragement tempts us. So, I asked some friends to share a quote or scripture that is helping them right now in the midst of the turmoil in our world.
Trusting God in times of uncertainty
These women choose to fix their eyes and hearts on God , His word and on His promises. Are you fearful or weary, dear friend? May you be comforted and revived by these verses from God’s word and quotes from those who love Him.
Encouragement for Today
Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will not be shaken. Psalm 62:5-6
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
And HE will be the SECURITY and STABILITY of your times… Isaiah 33:6 a
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
The one who lives under the protection of the Most High dwells in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say concerning the Lord, who is my refuge and my fortress,
my God in whom I trust:
He himself will rescue you from the bird trap,
from the destructive plague.
He will cover you with his feathers;
you will take refuge under his wings.
His faithfulness will be a protective shield.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
the arrow that flies by day,
the plague that stalks in darkness,
or the pestilence that ravages at noon.
Though a thousand fall at your side
and ten thousand at your right hand,
the pestilence will not reach you.
You will only see it with your eyes
and witness the punishment of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord—my refuge,
the Most High—your dwelling place,
no harm will come to you;
no plague will come near your tent.
For he will give his angels orders concerning you,
to protect you in all your ways.
They will support you with their hands
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the young lion and the serpent.
Because he has his heart set on me,
I will deliver him;
I will protect him because he knows my name.
When he calls out to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble.
I will rescue him and give him honor.
I will satisfy him with a long life
and show him my salvation.
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You are free to have endless, boundless peace. For when you are walking in the Light, you will have the strength you need. ~Morgan Harper Nichols
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. Colossians 3:15a
The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. Nahum 1:7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
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
“Occasionally, weep deeply over the life that you hoped would be. Grieve the losses. Feel the pain. Then wash your face, trust God, and embrace the life that he’s given you.” -John Piper
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
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Come near to God and He will come near to you. James 4:8a
So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory. For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith–that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Give all your worries and cares to God because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4: 6-9
But I have trusted in your faithful love;
my heart will rejoice in your deliverance.
I will sing to the Lord
because he has treated me generously.
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.
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” -Corrie ten Boom
He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Colossians 1:17
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.
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.
Mankind, he has told each of you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Throughout my adult life this has been my go-to verse. The Lord has guided me in almost every decision, action and thought as a woman, a wife, a mother, a friend and a leader. When faced with a decision or difficult situation, I simply ask myself three questions: 1.) How is this acting justly? 2.) How am I showing faithful love and giving mercy? (some translations say mercy) 3.) How am I walking humbly with God? Taking time to ask myself these questions gives me an opportunity to think and not just react. And…I know when I do respond and make a decision, implement an action and/or think about how I answer these questions-it is God’s will and direction for me. During this time of uncertainty, I need His guidance more than ever! My husband and I are spending more time together than ever…you can bet I need to act justly, faithfully love and walk humbly. And…as we all practice social distancing, I pray for God to give me creative ways in my neighborhood, my friendships, my family and my church to act justly, love faithfully and walk humbly with Him. Ultimately, my prayer is for others to see Jesus in me and know that He is very real and ever present.
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Whatever you are facing today, may the Lord be your strength and encourager. My prayer for you from Psalm 3:3: May the Lord be your shield, your glory and the lifter of your head.
I would love to hear from you! Do you have an encouraging Bible Verse not listed above that is helping you through these uncertain times? Please share it here:
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I know God is hearing my prayer? Billy Graham answered this question a few years ago, find his reply here.
- How can I be sure I am a Christian? Here is a link to give you some information for how you can be sure. Also, I have some tips and resources for growing strong in your faith and in prayer on my blog.