Sometimes we lack the right words that address what we’re going through.
We may not even have our own words inside our heads to explain the issue at hand. However, God’s Word, it always has meaning for each of us in all seasons of life.
My biggest struggle over most of my adult life has been with happiness. I was constantly reaching for the happy jar or the happy place. Instead I had happy moments, but they were fleeting.
It took a lot of heartache and searching to realize that we are not called to be happy, but we are commanded to have joy. That took a lot for me to understand in my struggles. It’s when I let go and dove into God’s Word that I finally got it.
Here is a list of verses that bring hope to those struggling to find joy and encouragement through God’s Word.
James 1:2-3 NIV “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.”
“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.”
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.
2 Corinthians 12:10
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
The Lord has done it this very day;
let us rejoice today and be glad.
“So 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.”
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.
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