In today’s world, everyone has experienced a less-than-pleasant day in their lifetime. After all, with so many responsibilities— to yourself and others— it can be easy to become overwhelmed by the struggles that come with them. This is especially true for those in addiction recovery. And, unfortunately, bad days for people in recovery could potentially end in relapse. Fortunately, there are many tactics and coping mechanisms that help strengthen long-lasting sobriety. For example, Christians in recovery may turn to the Bible for help after a particularly trying day. The following is a list of some of the most inspirational biblical quotes for difficult times. If you’ve had a bad day in your recovery, feel free to review these— and remember that you are not alone.
Biblical Quotes About Strength in Adversity from The Old Testament, New International Version (NIV)
From the Books of Exodus, Deuteronomy, and Joshua
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.
The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid… the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
From the Book of Psalms
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
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.
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
“[Call] on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
The Lord will keep you from all harm— He will watch over your life…
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
From the Books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes
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.
When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.
From the Book of Isaiah
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
[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.
From the Books of Jeremiah, Joel, Nahum, and Zephaniah
But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
[God] will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten…
The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him…
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love, He will no longer rebuke you but will rejoice over you with singing.
Biblical Quotes About Strength in Adversity from The New Testament, New International Version (NIV)
From the Book of Matthew
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
From the Books of Mark and Luke
“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.”
[No] word from God will ever fail.
From the Book of John
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
“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.”
From the Book of Romans
[There is] glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, [so that Christ] might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
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.
From the Book of 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, and Ephesians
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
—1 Corinthians 10:13
[The Lord] comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
—2 Corinthians 1:4
[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 [temptation].
From the Book of Philippians
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
From the Books of 1 Thessalonians and 2 Thessalonians
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
—1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
—2 Thessalonians 3:16
From the Books of 2 Timothy, Hebrews, and James
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, [and] proud… [They will be] abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control… [And they will be] brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. [They will have] a form of godliness but [deny] its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
—2 Timothy 3:1-5
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain…
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
—James 1:2-7, Trials and Temptations
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