Scriptures for Difficult Circumstances


A few years ago, my family faced 2 really difficult circumstances, almost simultaneously. Rusty was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, and my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It’s hard to even begin to convey with words the depth of the pain we experienced as a family. In many ways, we were losing them both. Neither circumstance was an abrupt ending…both were only the beginning of a long, painful experience. My dad’s disease took us slowly through many sad, dark days…a very long, painful good-bye. Rusty’s sentence is an ongoing sorrow and grief for what has been lost (although I must add that we all recognize and rejoice in God’s sovereignty in his life).

Through the dark days, God has taught me so much in the midst of my sadness. I thought I’d share here some of the Scripture passages that He has used to guide my thinking and draw me to Himself through the pain. I organized them into 3 categories as He taught me…and this is definitely not an exhaustive list! Just a few of my favorites that I thought I’d pass along!

1. Understanding our need for difficult circumstances:
~Psalm 119:71 (they turn our attention to God so we can learn His ways)
~James 1:2-4 (they bring us to spiritual maturity)
~1 Peter 1:6-9 (they prove and refine our faith)
~1 Peter 2:21-23 (they show us how to follow Christ’s example)
~1 Peter 4:1-2 (they teach us to overcome sin and live for God’s will)
~1 Peter 4:12-13 (they teach us to share in Christ’s suffering)
~2 Timothy 2:1-10 (they give us the opportunity to endure hardship for the benefit of others)
~2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (they perfect God’s power in us through our weaknesses)

2. Relying on God’s strength through difficult circumstances:
~1 Peter 5:6-10 (humble yourself before God, cast your anxiety on Him, resist Satan)
~Ephesians 6:10-18 (put on the “armor of God”)
~Isaiah 41:10 (do not fear; remember: God is with you)
~Isaiah 40:29-31 (wait for/ hope in the Lord)
~Psalm 62:5-8 (wait and hope in God; He is our Rock and Strength)
~Philippians 4:11-13 (rely on Christ’s strength)
~Psalm 119:28,50 (get strength from God’s Word)

3. Maintaining a peaceful heart through difficult circumstances:
~Philippians 4:6-9 (don’t worry; bring your requests to God; set your mind on good)
~Isaiah 26:3 (trust God; keep a steadfast mind)
~2 Thessalonians 3:16 (pray for God to grant you peace)
~Psalm 94:19 (let God’s consolations be your delight)
~Psalm 119:92,165 (find comfort in God’s Word)
~Psalm 23:1-4 (spend time with God; let Him lead you beside still waters)


4 Responses to “Scriptures for Difficult Circumstances”

  1. Becky Hodges Says:

    Once again Charity you are right on the money. Thanks for sharing your heart so freely. Those are definitely the scriptures that have kept me in focus to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

  2. Robin Rexroad Says:

    I do enjoy your blog so much! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.I have found in difficult times, Scripture is the only thing that will give comfort and peace. Sometimes though, I don’t turn to Scripture as much in the good times! I am learning that I need Him all the time!

  3. Mary Phillips Says:

    Have you ever thought of publishing a book? You could do it.

  4. Kim Darnell Says:

    Thanks so much for sharing! I cannot imagine the pain you guys have been through.

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