When we’re facing a tragedy, trauma, or time of chaos, the Bible has many verses to remind us of the hope we have in Christ.
It’s often said that our minds are a battlefield, and we need to guard our thoughts, attitudes, and perspectives with the Word of God.
These verses have been selected to help shift our perspective when we are feeling hopeless.
We know this world is not our final home.
For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come. Through Him then, let’s continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips praising His name. And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. (Hebrews 13:14–16)
We know that we’re constantly fighting not against other humans, but the invisible powers.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)
We know that we’re able to comfort because the God of all comfort has been there for us.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3–5)
We know that we have a confident and unchanging anchor of hope that God will bring true peace and joy to us.
In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away. (Revelation 21:4)
We know that we are called to serve others in times of tragedy.
But whoever has worldly goods and sees his brother or sister in need, and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God remain in him? Little children, let’s not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. (1 John 3:17–18)
We know that God is an unchanging God of mercy and compassion.
For I, the Lord, do not change. (Malachi 3:6)
But You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abundant in mercy and truth. (Psalm 86:15)
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