Our trust in Jesus Christ seems so strong and then something happens. Our world is turned upside down with the death of a loved one, sickness, loss of job, problems with children and many other situations. We are going to look at Bible verses about trusting Jesus in difficult times.
Here are a few questions to think on as we read these verses.
What does the Bible say about trusting Jesus in difficult times?
How do we trust Jesus in difficult times?
Bible Verses About Trusting Jesus in Difficult Times
1. John 16:33 “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.”
Jesus knew we would have persecution and trials in life, after all He did. When we trust in Him, we can have peace in every situation in life. “He has overcome the world”
2. Psalm 9:10 "The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you."
There are four reasons in these two verses for trusting Jesus in difficult times.
- The Lord is a safe place for us in troubled times.
- He is a stronghold.
- Those who know Jesus, know they can trust in Him.
- Jesus will never forsake those who seek Him.
When our minds become scattered under bad situations, we need to immediately reach out to our Lord and gain the peace we are looking for. Who else can do these wonderful things for us?
3. Psalm 13:5 "But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation." In those moments when we feel as our heart has been ripped from us, isn't the desire to be enveloped in love? Jesus is waiting for you to run into His loving arms. His love is always there.
4. Psalm 21:7 "For the king trusts in the Lord; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken."
They think David is the author of this Psalm. He had numerous reasons for trusting in Jesus in difficult times. Here, he knows whom He depends on and is not shaken by the circumstances.
5. Psalm 22:4 "In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them."
We have the witness of many Christians in the Bible that put their trust in Jesus and they were rewarded by His deliverance.
6. Psalm 28:7 "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him."
In this verse we see:
- The Lord is our strength and He protects us
- We trust Him and He helps us
- We receive His precious joy
- The result? We praise Him!!!
Bible Stories About Trusting Jesus in Difficult Times
Many times in the Bible we see how Christians are trusting Jesus in difficult times. Here is one about Daniel.
Bible Verses About Daniel Trusting Jesus in Difficult Times
Daniel 6:1-5 "It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss. Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. Finally these men said, 'We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.'"
So the other satraps (a provincial governor in the ancient Persian empire) devised a plan to catch David. They convinced the King to issue a decree that if anyone worshiped anyone or anything else beside him in the next 30 days, they would be thrown into the lion’s den. When Daniel heard about the decree, he went straight to his upstairs room with the window open to Jeruseleum amd prayed as usual. The men saw Daniel and reported him to the king.
Daniel 6:14 When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him."
The king could not do anything to change the situation.
Daniel 6:16 "So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, 'May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!'”
The king did not sleep that night he was so distressed about Daniel. The next morning he went straight to the lions’ den, called out to Daniel and ask if his God had saved him.
Daniel 6:21-22 "Daniel answered, 'May the king live forever! My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.'”
It’s unlikely we would ever experience the same situation as Daniel, That shows how much trust He had to have to get through the crisis. Here are some points about Daniel and his situation.
- Daniel made a choice to go to the Lord right away. He didn’t waste anytime talking to the king or trying to change the satraps goals.
- He based his situation on his past experience with the Lord. He knew the Lord had protected him throughout his captivity.
- In prayer he was strengthened to get through the situation. He accepted the Lord’s decision.
This is not easy to do in our own strength. That’s why Daniel went to the Lord because he knew his strength was not his own. Regardless of our situation, we too can have God’s strength. Daniel was trusting Jesus in difficult times.
How to Trust Jesus in Difficult Times
Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."
What do we need to do to trust Jesus in difficult times? This verse is a great study to help answer this question.
- Trust with everything you have, nothing wavering.
- Don’t try to figure it out. Don’t decide you know better.
- Submit to Him in all your ways. Are you still questioning Him?
- Result: He will take care of it.
- Once you’ve given it to Him, don’t take it back.
Learning to trust Jesus in difficult times is really the same as trusting Him all of the time. Sometimes the turmoil created by the crisis muddles our brain and we resist going to the Lord. The more in tune we are with Jesus, the more apt we are to go to Him first.