When life is changing or just becomes uncertain, you can trust that the Bible has something to encourage you.
Things change, but I’m certain that you already know that. What do you do when change is coming at you full speed? Where do you turn to handle and manage the stress that comes with change, and how does that work for you?
Well, before it seems like I navigate life’s changes like a pro, I don’t always do that. It’s a challenge that comes and goes throughout your life. And sometimes change is an unwelcome visitor that just hangs out for far too long.
Change and uncertainty can come from all kinds of sources. It could be the natural course of things playing out in your life, or even consequences for poor choices you or someone else made. No matter the source, you can be assured there will be struggles and you can be more assured that God will still be there.
Or, as my friend Jen writing at Redemptions Touch said,
I don’t think that God intends on our lives going along in perfect harmony. But that doesn’t mean that He has a desire to see us struggle either. As we make our choices, God has to find ways to use them for His good and for His glory. God uses our struggles to bring us our greatest triumphs.Jen Cannon, Where is God When Life is Hard?
A Few Practical Steps
Before I start sharing some of the Bible verses that strengthen me in my own times of uncertainty, how about a few things you can put into practice along the way?
Because I am all about application!
- Rest. It’s the best thing you can do for yourself when things are changing and life is on the move. Rest helps your mind because when you’re tired, stress takes a bigger toll. Rest also helps your body because a stressed body is more likely to succumb to illness. Be well, take a rest. And don’t forget to maintain the practice of a real day of rest once things are more normal again. (Matthew 11:28-30)
- Read. Start your day and spend your more stressful moments in God’s word. Find some Psalms that you can really relate to or read through some of the Gospels. Many times I’ll find myself in John chapters 14 and 15 when stuff feels chaotic in my life. (Romans 10:17)
- Pray. As much as I knew you’d guess that prayer would be in this list, it simply cannot be said strongly or frequently enough. Don’t know where to start? Here’s a good place to begin. You have direct access to the creator of the entire universe, the one who knows your past, present, and future. It would be a huge fail to not pray to the living God who, by the way, absolutely does care about all of the little things that you think he doesn’t think about. Since he’s willing to die for you, I guarantee that every little thing that causes you pain, grief or stress matters to him. (Philippians 4:6)
- Ask for help. It took me half of my adult life to understand that it’s a strength, not a weakness to ask for help. God has given you resources in the form of people who care more than you know and who want to help more than you think. Talk to someone you trust and don’t go it alone. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
- Worship. No matter what storm is raging in your life, no matter how hopeless it feels – and please believe me, I know hopelessness – God is still God, and nothing, nothing escapes his sight. It’s right to worship God when it seems like the most impossible thing to do. Devils flee at the sound of worship, darkness is extinguished and hope is sparked. (Hebrews 12:28-29)
11 Bible Verses for Uncertain Times
For the word of the Lord holds true,
and we can trust everything he does.
Psalm 33:4 (NLT)
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
Isaiah 26:3-4 (ESV)
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7 (ESV)
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you;
he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
Psalm 55:22 (ESV)
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 (NLT)
Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places.
Habakkuk 3:17-19 (ESV)
Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)
Be still in the presence of the Lord,
and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
or fret about their wicked schemes.
Psalm 37:7 (NLT)
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)