Everybody in life goes through hard times and needs some inspirational quotes for difficult times. Even though I am a pastor and have been a Christian for 32 years, I am not immune to hard times. I know from experience that when a person is going through difficulties that it is not the time to point fingers at them, but inspire them. Right now in our nation, hundreds of thousands of people are experiencing difficult times. Between the jobless rate, the bank foreclosures, and the natural disasters that have hit our country, people need to be inspired. I have put together this list of inspirational quotes for difficult times from different people in the bible to encourage them, and myself during these trying times.I hope that in the reading of these inspirational quotes for difficult times, that you will find some encouragement, some inspiration, some still small voice that tells you not to give up. That tough times never last, but tough people do. You are not alone, you can make it through whatever difficulty you are going through.
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Here is My List of Inspiring Quotes for Hard Times In the Scriptures.
Exodus 18:19 Now listen to me, and let me give you a word of advice, and may God be with you. You should continue to be the people’s representative before God, bringing their disputes to him.
Jethro was encouraging Moses because he was weary and worn out trying to personally fix everyone’s problem. It was not Moses’s job to fix those problems. He was not God. Jethro told him to take their difficulties, their problems, their trials to God. Today we do not need a man to go to God for us. We have someone with a direct connection to God. Jesus Christ is that person who takes our trials and tribulations to God. We just talk to Him. Every person who has established a personal relationship with Jesus, only has to take their burdens to Him. He will take care of the rest.
2 Corinthians 12:10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
The Apostle Paul had many inspirational quotes for difficult times was sharing a very important principle about overcoming hardship in this one. He was saying that when we cannot do something, that is when God steps in and does something in miraculous ways. He had found that the less he relied on his own ability and strength, the more God is allowed to come in with His abilities and strength.
“1 Peter 1:6-7 6 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
The Apostle Peter gives us one definition of why we go through difficult times in this quote. That there is actually a purpose to difficulties. He tells us that they test our faith. Faith is like a muscle. If you do not exercise it, it becomes atrophied. Difficult times force us to work that faith muscle. Tough times reveal if we have genuine faith, or just good feelings. It displays if we trust in riches and our own strength, or if we truly trust in God.
John 14:1 Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.
Jesus is comforting the disciples in this inspirational quote for difficult times because He had just told them that they were about to go through hard times. That life was going to get difficult for them. He told them where to place their trust. That to trust Him. I have found over all the years that I have known Jesus personally, that He has never let me down. It is more secure to trust in Jesus, than your job, your house, or the bank. He never fails.
Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together[a] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
The Apostle Paul gives us a promise in another of his many inspirational quotes for difficult times that we can stand on. That all things, including difficult times, hardships, or tragedy will work for the good of those that love God. You may not see it now, and I am sure it doesn’t feel like it, but even the very thing you are going through, will work out for good, with only one caveat. You must love God.
17 Some were fools; they rebelled
and suffered for their sins.
18 They couldn’t stand the thought of food,
and they were knocking on death’s door.
19 “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.
20 He sent out his word and healed them,
snatching them from the door of death.
21 Let them praise the Lord for his great love
and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
22 Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving
and sing joyfully about his glorious acts.
King David when He wrote the entire Psalm 107, wrote it with difficult times and the tragedies people face in mind. Notice He says that when they cried to the Lord in their trouble, He saved them from their distress. Now that is good advice if you ask me! If you will start to be honest with God, including how you feel, God will step in to change the situation.
Job 42:12-15 12 So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. For now he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. 13 He also gave Job seven more sons and three more daughters. 14 He named his first daughter Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch. 15 In all the land no women were as lovely as the daughters of Job. And their father put them into his will along with their brothers.
This is one of my favorite inspirational quotes for difficult times from the last part of the book of Job. We all know who Job is. He is the guy who lost everything. He lost money, health, friends, and family. He lost it all! If you ask me, that qualifies as difficult times in a person’s life. However what was the final outcome? His later years were more blessed than his earlier years. That is a promise you can hold on to as well. Why? Because God is no respecter of persons. If He did it for Job, He will do it for you.
Romans 8:37-38 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
The Apostle Paul, being quoted here, was encouraging the church in Rome who was suffering persecution and even losing their lives because of their faith. He was telling them that they could overcome. That nothing that they would go through would separate them from the love of God. He is telling them that they are more than conquerors, that whatever a person is facing, whatever difficult times, it was not going to defeat them.
John 14:27 I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
My dear friend, The ultimate way to overcome difficult times is to have the peace that is only found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. You need to have God on the inside of you. You cannot lift yourself up by your own bootstraps. Have you ever tried that? It is quite comical! You need someone who is bigger than you on your side. Jesus promised He would give us peace in the midst of the storm. You have searched for these inspirational quotes for difficult times because you sense your need for encouragement. You know that your cup is becoming empty. You need Jesus to fill your cup to overflowing again.
If you have never thought about, or ever saw the need for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, I have a page on this blog that explains very simply without getting religious, how you can do so. I would encourage you to visit the Meet Jesus page and see how simple yet profound having a personal relationship with Jesus really is.
I am praying for you even though I do not know your name as of yet.
References: Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.